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Germany arrests 3 far-right extremists, possibly preventing attack on asylum-seekers' homes

  • A  WWII weapon, a Mauser pistol is on display during a news conference of the police in Bamberg, Germany, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. German police have foiled a far-right plot to attack refugee shelters in Bavaria amid growing violence against migrants, authorities said Thursday. Prosecutors said 11 men and two women were detained during raids in the town of Bamberg, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Nuremberg. Police, who had been observing the group for more than a year, also seized several kilograms (pounds) of powerful illegal firecrackers, a firearm, ammunition, baseball bats and knives in the raids on Wednesday.   (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

    A WWII weapon, a Mauser pistol is on display during a news conference of the police in Bamberg, Germany, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. German police have foiled a far-right plot to attack refugee shelters in Bavaria amid growing violence against migrants, authorities said Thursday. Prosecutors said 11 men and two women were detained during raids in the town of Bamberg, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Nuremberg. Police, who had been observing the group for more than a year, also seized several kilograms (pounds) of powerful illegal firecrackers, a firearm, ammunition, baseball bats and knives in the raids on Wednesday. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left : Upper Franconia deputy police chief  Werner Mikulasch,  Bamberg  prosecutor Erik Ohlenschlager, and senior prosecutor Christopher Rosenbusch  attend a news conference in Bamberg, Germany Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. German police have foiled a far-right plot to attack refugee shelters in Bavaria amid growing violence against migrants, authorities said . Prosecutors said 11 men and two women were detained during raids in the town of Bamberg, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Nuremberg. Police, who had been observing the group for more than a year, also seized several kilograms (pounds) of powerful illegal firecrackers, a firearm, ammunition, baseball bats and knives in the raids on Wednesday.  (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

    From left : Upper Franconia deputy police chief Werner Mikulasch, Bamberg prosecutor Erik Ohlenschlager, and senior prosecutor Christopher Rosenbusch attend a news conference in Bamberg, Germany Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. German police have foiled a far-right plot to attack refugee shelters in Bavaria amid growing violence against migrants, authorities said . Prosecutors said 11 men and two women were detained during raids in the town of Bamberg, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Nuremberg. Police, who had been observing the group for more than a year, also seized several kilograms (pounds) of powerful illegal firecrackers, a firearm, ammunition, baseball bats and knives in the raids on Wednesday. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German authorities say they've arrested three right-wing extremists and seized several kilograms of powerful firecrackers the suspects might have been planning to use in an attack to cause fear at asylum-seekers' homes.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Thursday on a visit to a home for asylum seekers from the Balkans in Bamberg that initial evidence indicates authorities "might have prevented attacks or other crimes," the dpa news agency reported.

The three were arrested Wednesday evening in a series of raids on 12 locations, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said.

Authorities said items seized included several kilograms of illegal fireworks, some of which were powerful enough to blow out windows.

An anti-immigrant demonstration is planned for later this month in Bamberg, but authorities are trying to ban it, dpa reported.