German police are raiding premises linked to biker gang Satudarah after authorities issued a ban against the group.

Satudarah Maluku MC originated in the Netherlands but has chapters in more than half a dozen countries in Europe and Asia.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere early Tuesday banned the group from carrying out any activity in Germany, saying it poses a serious danger to the general public.

The raids began at 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) in five western German states: North-Rhine Westphalia, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Bremen.