A far-right terrorist group working to overthrow the German state. 25 members were arrested after their activities were suspected to be an anti-state conspiracy. The news agency Reuters reported the information with reference to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.

They were arrested in a raid on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for the Military Intelligence Agency (BAMAD) told Reuters that those being investigated included an active-duty soldier and several reservists. Active Soldier is a member of the Special Forces Command.

According to the office, the suspects have allegedly been preparing to act on their ideology since late November 2021. These activities include collecting equipment, recruiting new members and organizing shooting lessons.

The office also said the focus of recruitment efforts was primarily on members of the military and police officers.

More than 3,000 police officers and security forces conducted the operation across 11 German states, prosecutors said in a statement.

Suspects were arrested in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia and Austria and Italy, the office said.

BAMAD said it was working with prosecutors on their investigation and was continuing to coordinate with domestic intelligence services and federal criminal investigators leading up to Wednesday’s operation.

(Dhaka Times / 07 December / SAT)