The Bundeswehr’s Special Forces Command (KSK) is increasingly in focus after right-wing extremist incidents. Hidden weapons and explosives have now been found on one of the elite soldiers. The defense minister becomes clear.
On Wednesday, the police seized weapons and explosives on the private property of a KSK soldier in northern Saxony. As the Public Prosecutor General in Dresden announced, the raid took place after a tip from the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD). Among other things, the 45-year-old is accused of violating the War Weapons Control Act.
Arrested after raid
The MAD had already had an eye on the man since 2017, the Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday to the officers in the Bundestag. At the beginning of the year, the service received the information that the sergeant major had set up a weapons and ammunition stash on his private property, according to the classified information that was available to the German Press Agency in Berlin.
"So far, ammunition, explosives and weapons have been secured," it said. The searches have not yet been completed. "The affected soldier was arrested and is currently being questioned by the responsible authorities." It is particularly important to clarify where the weapons, ammunition and explosives come from.
MAD is also taking a closer look at KSK
The MAD recently stepped up its efforts to expose extremists in the ranks of the Bundeswehr. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) said about the case:
Anyone who is in any way radically conspicuous in the Bundeswehr has no place in our armed forces.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer | Defense Minister
We always act with "rigor and consistency". Following criticism from politics and the media, the MAD had revised its "toolbox" in order to also sharpen the view to the right. 400 new posts were planned. With the protection of the constitution Burkhard Even there is now also a civil vice-president.
KSK – Special Forces Command
The KSK of the Bundeswehr is the special forces association of the German Army. There are special tasks of strategic interest to the range of operations of German armed forces, which can often not be carried out by conventional units. This is what the KSK is used for: Liberation of German nationals in hostage situations in crisis or war zones and the arrest of war criminals or terrorists are among these tasks. Training support in host countries and special reconnaissance, i.e. the acquisition of key information of strategic importance, also belong to the special skills of commandos. The KSK was put into service in 1996 and is stationed in Calw in Baden-Wurttemberg. The unit with more than 1,000 soldiers includes four command companies, one special command company and one special reconnaissance company. Source: Bundeswehr
Extremists in the Bundeswehr
There has been an accumulation of right-wing extremist incidents in the KSK in recent years. In its recently published first annual report, the MAD found an overall increase in right-wing extremist suspected cases in the Bundeswehr. "Characteristic relationships" between suspects via communication in social media and in real life were also recognized.
The MAD exposed 14 extremists (category "red"), eight right-wing extremists, four Islamists and two so-called Reich citizens / self-administrators who deny the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany as a state. In addition, a lack of constitutional loyalty (category "Orange") was found in 38 suspects: 27 right-wing extremists, four Islamists, three Reich citizens / self-administrators, three from the field of political foreign extremism and one left-wing extremist.