>> Police in Germany have confiscated large amounts of guns and ammunition in a sweep of four locations in Berlin. The addresses are linked to a 40 year old German man suspected of belonging to militant Islamist circles. A spokeswoman for the Berlin State Prosecutor said the suspect is German with a Turkish background.
He was already on probation after being convicted of weapons offenses.>> In investigations conducted since summer against the suspect, it was revealed that the suspect could have an Islamist background, an Islamist connection in the broader sense. Those findings resulted from the fact that he'd frequented a mosque which is being strongly focused on by state security.
There is, however, no definite relationship between the investigation, the suspected violation of the weapons act and this background.>> Germany was hit by several Islamic militant attacks in 2016. Last December, a Tunisian men shot dead a Polish lorry driver before driving the stolen truck into a Christmas market in Berlin and killing 11 more people.
Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned of further attacks by radicalized Muslims, that as a growing number of foreign fighters return from war zones in Syria and Iraq. Police say prosecutors were brought into the case after concerns that the seized weapons could have been used for an attack but no information about a specific plan has yet been found.
The investigation continues.