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Germany: 4 police wounded in raid on anti-gov't extremist

  • A police vehicle stands in front of the house in Georgensgmuend, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, where an anti-government extremist opened fire on police in southern Germany during a raid in the morning in which they had planned to confiscate his weapons, and four officers were wounded, authorities said. The 49-year-old German man had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting, but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

    A police vehicle stands in front of the house in Georgensgmuend, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, where an anti-government extremist opened fire on police in southern Germany during a raid in the morning in which they had planned to confiscate his weapons, and four officers were wounded, authorities said. The 49-year-old German man had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting, but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann speaks during a news conference in Roth, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, after an anti-government extremist opened fire on police in southern Germany during a raid Wednesday in which they had planned to confiscate his weapons, and four officers were wounded, authorities said. The 49-year-old German man had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting, but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Hermann said. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

    Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann speaks during a news conference in Roth, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, after an anti-government extremist opened fire on police in southern Germany during a raid Wednesday in which they had planned to confiscate his weapons, and four officers were wounded, authorities said. The 49-year-old German man had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting, but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Hermann said. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A policeman walks along the house in Georgensgmuend, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, where an anti-government extremist opened fire on police in southern Germany during a raid in the morning in which they had planned to confiscate his weapons, and four officers were wounded, authorities said. The 49-year-old German man had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting, but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

    A policeman walks along the house in Georgensgmuend, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, where an anti-government extremist opened fire on police in southern Germany during a raid in the morning in which they had planned to confiscate his weapons, and four officers were wounded, authorities said. The 49-year-old German man had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting, but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German police say four officers have been shot and wounded during a raid in which they had planned to confiscate the weapons of an anti-government extremist.

Police said that the 49-year-old man in the Bavarian town of Georgensgmuend legally possessed weapons but that officers had planned to seize them due to his "unreliability."

They say that the man immediately opened fire and four officers were wounded, some of them seriously. He was arrested.

Police said the man, whom they didn't identify, was as a member of the Reich Citizens' Movement, an extremist group that refuses to acknowledge the authority of the post-war Federal Republic of Germany. The group has been compared to the U.S. sovereign citizen movement.