German police raid far-right group members, find weapons

January 16, 2019 GMT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities have conducted raids in several parts of Germany on suspected members of a far-right group calling itself the National Socialist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Deutschland.

Prosecutors and regional police in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said more than 100 weapons, including air guns, swords, machetes and knives, were seized in Wednesday’s raids on 12 properties. They also found membership lists.

Seventeen people were targeted but there was no word of any arrests.

Authorities say about 40 people are under investigation. The group’s members are suspected of glorifying Nazism and, in some cases, of harboring “violent fantasies.”

Investigators say they have found no evidence of links to other Ku Klux Klan groups. They say the group recruited members partly online and was financed by monthly fees.