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Weapons found in raid on suspected extremist

BERLIN (AP) — German detectives said Friday they seized weapons, including three hand grenades and a crossbow, from the home of an alleged anti-government extremist who was being searched as part of a hate speech investigation.

Prosecutors said the 55-year-old from Munich, who is believed to be a supporter of the far-right Reichsburger movement, has been arrested. Its supporters deny the legitimacy of the current German constitution and government, claiming instead that the German Empire, or Reich, of 1871 still exists.

He was investigated on suspicion of condoning crimes and belittling the memory of the dead. That was due to an alleged Twitter post last year approving the fatal shooting of two police officers in West Germany in January 2022 when they stopped two men suspected of poaching.

Munich prosecutors said when the suspect’s apartment was searched on Thursday, they found weapons, including several knives and clubs, a crossbow, a semi-automatic pistol, thousands of cartridges and three hand grenades.

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