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An apparently right-wing extremist family has stocked up on weapons and explosives. A suspect is a soldier. He and two relatives are in custody.
The Bundeswehr is again burdened by a suspected right-wing extremist incident. A special task force of the Hessian police on Saturday in Glashütten (Hochtaunuskreis) seized weapons, ammunition, a hand grenade, explosives as well as documents and data carriers from a soldier and a man related to him. The two men were arrested. A third suspect, also related to the other two, turned himself in to the police on Sunday. According to unconfirmed reports, the hand grenade is said to have come from the former Yugoslavia. The soldier is said to be stationed in Pfullendorf (Baden-Württemberg). The Bundeswehr operates the special operations training center there. It is not known whether the soldier was active there.
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A whole arsenal can be seen in photos that the Hessian State Criminal Police Office distributed on Monday. The police found, among other things, a rifle with a telescope, a pistol, cartridges of different calibers, grenade-like ammunition, material for making explosives, several combat knives, a combat ax and a brass knuckle.
The Hanau District Court issued an arrest warrant for the three men aged 20, 21 and 63 years old on Sunday. The accused are accused of illegally hoarding weapons and ammunition and of having "expressed themselves in a right-wing extremist manner," said the Hanau public prosecutor and the state criminal investigation office on Monday. The investigation is also being carried out on suspicion of sedition. The men are said to have "expressed themselves in a right-wing extremist manner," said the public prosecutor's office and the LKA. No further information was given for tactical reasons.
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The investigations are carried out by the "Special Structural Organization Hessen - Rechts (BAO Hessen - R)" located at the LKA. The BAO was founded after the. The neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst shot the CDU politician on June 1, 2019 in front of his house in Wolfhagen-Istha in North Hesse.
The number of right-wing extremist incidents in the Bundeswehr rose to 229 in 2020. That is 32 more than the year before. The military counter-intelligence service, the Bundeswehr's intelligence service, also recorded 477 new suspected cases. That is an increase of 363 cases compared to 2019. The case against a soldier from the KSK elite unit caused a stir. Philipp Sch. had buried weapons and explosives on his property in Saxony. In May, the police arrested the sergeant major and ransacked his house and garden. The officials also found Nazi devotional items. The soldier has had to answer to the Leipzig Regional Court since January.
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