Far-right suspects in Germany planned to attack Muslims, refugees

The other eight men were arrested on suspicion of supporting the organisation with money and weapons, the GBA said.

The suspects wanted their attacks to create havoc and an atmosphere of fear that resembles a civil war, it added.

“The goal of the organisation was to shake and eventually destroy the democratic system and social cohesion of the federal republic,” the GBA said.

“For the purpose of creating conditions that resemble a civil war, attacks that were not yet concrete against politicians, asylum seekers and members of the Muslim faith were planned.”

The German government last year launched a crackdown on right-wing political violence in response to a rise in hate crimes.

New measures approved after the killing of a pro-immigration politician and a deadly attack on a synagogue and kebab shop in Halle by an anti-Semitic gunman include tougher rules gun ownership laws and stricter monitoring of hate speech online.

The government has said about 90 percent of the 1,800 incidents recorded against Jews last year were committed by individuals espousing far-right views.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency estimates there are about 24,100 “right-wing extremists” in Germany, about half of whom are potentially violent.

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