BERLIN (AP) — German police conducted raids Tuesday on sites linked to a far-right group after the country's top security official deemed it extremist
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer banned the group Nordadler, which means ‘Northern Eagle,’ early Tuesday. His office said the police raids were carried out in four German states.
It said the group acted mainly online, spreading far-right extremist ideology and anti-Semitism.
Authorities say Northern Eagle members see themselves as adherents of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and had planned to establish a rural community with people who shared their views.
The group uses social media channels such as Telegram, Instagram and Discord to promote its ideology, win new members and condone attacks such as the anti-Semitic shooting at a synagogue in Halle last year.
“Far-right extremism and anti-Semitism have no place here, neither in the real nor in the virtual world,” Seehofer said.
Following the attack in Halle and the killing of a regional lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party last year, Seehofer warned that far-right extremism poses a growing security threat to Germany.