German police confiscate weapons, munitions in Berlin raids

AP , Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

Police officers stand guard in front of the the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Sept 24, 2017 Reuters

Berlin police say they've confiscated weapons and a large quantity of munitions in a series of raids in the German capital focused on a man they allege is connected to Islamic extremism.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that the 40-year-old German man was taken into custody in the overnight raids in four locations and is expected to be brought before a judge later in the day.

Authorities say the raids came after a multiple-month investigation and that they decided to act over fears that the weapons could be used in an attack, even though no concrete plans were known.

Police gave no further details about what weapons were confiscated and refused to comment beyond the statement. Prosecutors could not immediately be reached for comment.

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