Guns, weapons and drugs have been seized from a network of right-wing extremists operating paramilitary training camps in German forests amid fears of a potential attack.

Investigators in the state of Thuringia said at least 13 known suspects were part of the group, including some from an “internationally active right-wing movement”.

The state office of criminal investigation said short and long-range guns, ammunition and other weaponry was uncovered alongside a small amount of drugs.


Jena in Thüringen, Eastern Germany, population ~110,000, is a center of education and research; the Friedrich Schiller University was founded in 1558 and has 21,000 students; the Ernst-Abbe-Fachhochschule has another 5,000. Jena was first mentioned in 1182. For most of the 20th century, it was one of the world’s centers of the optical industry with companies like Carl Zeiss, Schott, and Jenoptik. Between 1790 and 1850, it was a focal point of the German Vormärz as well as of the student liberal and unification movement and German Romanticism. Notable persons of this period were Friedrich Schiller, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Novalis and August Wilhelm Schlegel.