German police have seized 155 kilograms of explosives and an improvised explosive device marked with a swastika and SS signs while detaining two men with suspected neo-Nazi connections, according to news agency DPA, citing the local prosecutor’s office.
The explosives were found at a private flat in Lauterecken in western German, DPA reported on Saturday. A local prosecutor’s office said the discovery came after the arrest of two suspects reportedly belonging to a neo-Nazi group called the ‘Oldschool Society’ on December 29.
In addition to the explosives, investigators found an improvised explosive device bearing a swastika and SS runes, according to the prosecutors.
The suspects, aged 18 and 24, both denied all charges, describing themselves as “amateur pyrotechnicians” and claiming the explosives were meant to be used during New Year Eve’s celebrations.