Weapons and ammunition have been seized in raids on homes and properties linked to suspected right-wing extremists in southern Germany.
It comes as German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned that the country’s far-right has a dangerous fringe, potentially capable of mounting deadly attacks.
The raids in the Stuttgart area follow an investigation that began in March, explained police spokesman Horst Haug. He added that there is no suspicion of any connection between this group and Norway.
Accused of links with Anders Behring Breivik, British right-wing blogger Paul Ray says he had never even heard of the Norwegian before Friday’s attacks, which he strongly condemns.
“I will not put what he did into the same equation of anti-jihad, anti-immigration, because what he did, you can not condone it, and you can not use it to further any political idea or any political aim,” said Ray.
Talk of the Knights Templars in Breivik’s internet manifesto has focussed attention on Ray who says his Templar Knights group is totally unconnected.