German police raid homes of suspects planning attack on leftists

Prosecutors say the two men, one of whom was a policeman, were gearing up for a breakdown in public order resulting from the refugee crisis. The searches took place in the northern cities of Rostock and Schwerin.
Deutschland Banzkow - Durchsuchungen bei Anti-Terror-Razzia (picture-alliance/dpa/J. Büttner)
Police search a property in the village of Banzkow, near Schwerin
Federal prosecutions in Karlsruhe said Monday's searches stemmed from intercepted chatroom internet conversions involving the two men, who were opposed to what they saw as Germany's misguided policy on asylum.
No arrests were made, but the potential charges were of preparing serious acts of violence endangering the state, said the prosecutor's office.
The two men, one a policeman based in the town of Ludwigslust, allegedly drew up a list of persons on Germany's "left-wing spectrum," with the intention of detaining and killing them if a breakdown in public order developed.
Arrivals of asylum seekers peaked in Germany in late 2015 and early 2016 when Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government kept Germany's borders open to "Balkan route" migrants.
The suspects had stashed away foodstuffs and ammunition for weapons they had already acquired via "legal" channels, "fearing" a drain on public funds and increasing disorder, Karlsruhe-based prosecutors said.
Deutschland Schweriner Schloss (picture-alliance/D. Kalker)
Schwerin authorities have begun disciplinary proceedings against the suspected policeman
Disciplinary proceedings had also been initiated against the suspected policeman, said the regional interior ministry in Schwerin, the capital of the regional state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
It added said premises had also been searched of persons who were not regarded as suspects, including a second police officer.
The federal prosecutions office said the searches were aimed at determining objective details.
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