At a secret meeting, a group of right-wing terrorists discuss their plans for attack. What the men don’t know: The police is listening. Apparently ten “commandos” in ten federal states were to attack mosques and shoot prayers at the same time. After that a civil war should start.
After the raid on a group of alleged right-wing terrorists, twelve suspects are now in custody. Meanwhile, more details about the men’s plans are revealed. According to information from the “Spiegel”, prayers in mosques should be targeted. The group had the intention to “form commands”, which should strike simultaneously in ten federal states. These mosque massacres – modeled on the attacks in Christchurch in New Zealand in the spring – should then “provoke counterattacks”. The group wanted to bring about “civil war-like conditions”, the prosecutor explained. The leader of the group is reportedly classified by the authorities as a “peril”, the group has references to the international “Soldiers of Odin”.
After their arrest on Friday, the men were brought before investigative judges at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe. These issued arrest warrants for all twelve. According to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the aim of the grouping was to “shake and ultimately overcome the state and social order of the Federal Republic”.
The federal prosecutor had arrested four suspected members of the group and eight suspected supporters on Friday. The four alleged members – Tony E., Werner S., Michael B. and Thomas N. – are said to have merged in September 2019. Arrest warrants were issued for membership in a terrorist organization.
“Eliminate this dirt”: Contact through chat groups
Shortly before his arrest, Thomas N. spread the crude message on his Facebook profile: “Resistance is the only way! We remain indomitable.” According to “taz”, the 35-year-old is a craftsman from Minden who criticizes the so-called guilt cult of the Germans and shares the view of the Reich citizens that the Federal Government is illegal in office. N. writes about Antifa that it is time to “remove this dirt”. According to the report, his saying of resistance comes from the right-wing extremist association “Wodans Erben Germanien”. It is Thomas N.’s last post. The next morning he is arrested.
State officials had been targeting the men for months. Their suspicion: a terrorist group is being created here. And so the authorities also monitored the secret meeting – and apparently heard what the men were talking about behind closed doors. According to “Spiegel”, the alleged leader of the right-wing extremist group, 53-year-old Werner S., outlined his plans at a group meeting in Minden a week ago: One should attack Muslims in smaller communities while praying in mosques. According to the investigators, two of the men were chosen to procure the weapons. The “Bild” newspaper reported that the police had smuggled a V-man into the group.
The men are said to have met several times in different compositions to implement their project. In addition, the accused were in contact with one another via chat groups from various messenger services and by telephone. One of the groups was called “the hard core”.
The alleged supporters are said to have agreed to support the group financially, to procure weapons or to participate in future attacks. Arrest warrants were issued for supporting a terrorist organization. All those arrested are German citizens.
Nickname “Teutonico”: weapons found during the raid
The alleged leader of the group, according to a report by “Der Spiegel”, has been listed by the security authorities as an extreme right-wing threat for several months. In the scene, the man is said to have been nicknamed “Teutonico”. According to “Spiegel”, the police found several weapons during the raid, including a self-made so-called slam gun. A similar firearm was also used by the anti-Semitic assassin from Halle, who attacked a synagogue in October and killed two people. The “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” reported that hand grenades and unconstitutional Nazi symbols had also been discovered.
The “Welt am Sonntag” reported on the group’s relations to the “Soldiers of Odin”. These are members of a right-wing extremist militia founded in Finland in 2015, which later also formed in Germany. The members therefore usually appear dressed in black and in jackets with Viking skulls.
The Bavarian State Protection of the Constitution has assigned the group to “subcultural right-wing extremism” since the end of 2017. Its members therefore describe themselves as “neighborhood helpers” and claim for themselves to help the weak and those seeking protection. In fact, however, they operate as a vigilante group – who, with their “walks”, questions the state’s monopoly on the use of force.