In connection with a cross-border operation, a man's apartment is searched in Itzehoe. The alleged Bundeswehr soldier hoards weapons, bombs and mines in his apartment. The background is still unclear.
According to the police, weapons were found during a search of a residential building in Itzehoe, Schleswig-Holstein. Already at 1.30 a.m. on Sunday, emergency services arrived, and the explosive ordnance clearance service was also called in, according to the Itzehoe police. It was not disclosed what weapons were found.
According to information from several media, a soldier from the Bundeswehr is said to have hoarded various weapons and explosives in the small town. Among other things, bombs and mines are said to have been secured. At the request of the German Press Agency, the Ministry of Defense in Berlin confirmed that there had been an "incident" in Itzehoe. However, it referred the details to the police authorities. Neither the ministry nor the public prosecutor's office confirmed that the person concerned was a soldier.
According to the public prosecutor's office, the search was related to a cross-border operation. There have been searches in several federal states. Five suspects are being investigated. The investigations are at an early stage. The chief public prosecutor did not comment on the allegation – nor on whether there were arrests. More details about the deployment are expected to be announced earlier this week.
In the meantime, the Bundeswehr informed the dpa when asked that there were investigations against a member of the Parachute Regiment 31 from Seedorf in Lower Saxony. There was also a search at the soldier's location. "The investigations are fully supported by the 31st Parachute Regiment." The public prosecutor's office in Kiel and the Bundeswehr did not comment on whether the accused soldier from the paratrooper regiment and the resident of the house in Itzehoe were the same person.