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    German Prosecutors Probe Troops Over Links to Secret Anti-Refugee Army Cell

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    The German authorities are investigating a group of servicemen who are allegedly linked to an undercover far-right Army cell that plotted crimes discrediting refugees in the country.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Another German officer is suspected of having ties to a right-wing group in the German army allegedly plotting attacks aimed at discrediting refugees, local media reported on Friday.

    On April 26, a 28-year-old first lieutenant of the German army, referred in media as Franco A., was detained in the German town of Hammelburg on suspicion of preparing a crime allegedly aimed against refugees. According to media reports, the Bundeswehr had proof of the detainee's far-right views.

    According to Der Spiegel newspaper, another suspect, identified as Ralf G., who served in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, told fellow servicemen about a group of officers at a military base in Illkirch, France, where Franco A. was stationed, which collected weapons to fight on the "right side" in case of a civil war.

    Ralf G. came in the sight of the investigators following report of his comrade, while the prosecutors now have to establish whether he has more information about the group's plans, the newspaper added. He also might be reportedly familiar with German national Maximilian T., who was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of being engaged in the right-wing group Franco A. was a member of.

    According to media reports, Franco A. applied for asylum as a Syrian refugee in the German town of Giessen in late 2015, and was subsequently granted asylum, shelter and benefits in January 2016. During the registration it was not noticed that the "Syrian refugee" was of German descent and did not speak Arabic but only French. He allegedly planned to commit a serious crime and blame it on refugees.

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