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BERLIN — Three men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of forming a right-wing terror organization with plans to attack mosques and migrants, German federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
The four were detained by special police units who raided their apartments and the homes of five others accused of involvement in a group calling itself The Oldschool Society (OSS), the German general prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
“Pyrotechnic objects with strong explosive force" along with other evidence were seized in the raids, the statement added.
The four were identified only as Andreas H., 56, Markus W., 39, Denise Vanessa G., 22, and Olaf O., 47.
“The four people are strongly suspected of forming a terrorist group and to have participated as members — with suspects Andreas H. and Markus W. as leaders,” the statement read. “Whether the suspects already had concrete attack targets or attack dates remains subject to further investigation."
A total of 250 officers were involved in the raids across Germany, which were triggered by evidence gathered by domestic intelligence agencies.
Preliminary results from the investigation suggest the group planned to stage attacks in smaller groups on well-known radical Islamists, mosques and the homes of undocumented migrants.
Germany’s right-wing scene has been the subject of increased surveillance by authorities since the case of neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU, which murdered 10 people between 2000 and 2006.