Berlin police detain two in raids targeting militants

Emergency services and police evacute local residents during a raid on a building in Britz, south Berlin.
Emergency services and police evacute local residents during a raid on a building in Britz, south Berlin.REUTERS
A police bomb disposal officer arrives during a raid on a building in Britz, south Berlin.
A police bomb disposal officer arrives during a raid on a building in Britz, south Berlin.REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) – German police  on Thursday detained two men in a series of raids targeting suspected Islamic militants in Berlin and said they were examining a “suspicious object”.

Police said they had used sniffer dogs, but that no weapons or explosives had so far been found.

The raids, involving special forces police, targeted first an Islamic cultural centre in western Charlottenburg district, and then a building in the southern suburb of Britz.

“In connection with this threat, two men were detained in #Britz,” tweeted Berlin police, adding in another message that “during a search of their vehicle, a suspicious object was found”.

The men were aged 28 and 46, reported national news agency DPA.

Police also tweeted that in Britz, “some houses are currently being evacuated as a precaution for the forensic examination of the suspicious object”.

Bild newspaper reported that police had acted on a tip-off that an attack was being planned, as European police forces are on high alert following the bloody jihadist attacks in Paris.