Police launches anti-IS raids across Germany
13 May, 2017
Security forces launched last week anti-terror operations across several German states, news wires reported. Police in the states of Saxony, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin confirmed that properties have been searched. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the raids showed that the country's security forces “are prepared to strike” against the threat of international terrorism.
Anti-terror police carried out a series of pre-dawn raids in the eastern city of Leipzig as well. Regional media reported that the operation targeted suspected Islamic State members, as well as other extremist factions. A police spokesperson in Leipzig said the raids were part of a nationwide anti-terror operation. According to Bild daily, authorities have searched three apartments belonging to asylum seekers in three Leipzig districts.
The Federal Prosecution office in Karlsruhe said that among those targeted were two suspected IS members, as well as another accused of providing support for the jihadist group. Prosecutors said the three suspects are thought to be connected with the Syrian national arrested last week, as well with another Syrian arrested in June 2016 on suspicion of planning a bomb attack in D?sseldorf.
The move comes less than a week after Leipzig police arrested a suspected IS militant near the city. The 29-year-old Syrian national had allegedly pledged allegiance to the terrorist organisation in 2013 and had fought in Syria for several years.