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Suspected smugglers arrested in Germany amid raids in three cities – Police

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German police raided several apartments and buildings in three cities on Wednesday and arrested several suspected human smugglers.

The raids were carried out in Berlin, the eastern town of Forst and the north-western town of Siegen early on Wednesday.

A police spokesperson said that the case was in relation to commercial and gang-based smuggling of foreigners into Germany.

Arrest warrants have been issued for six people, of which four have now been detained, two in Berlin, two in Forst.

It was a large-scale raid involving 375 officers in total, according to the police.

The spokesperson said the investigations have been going on for several months.

In total, they include 60 cases and 300 smuggled individuals.

Most of the people were brought to Germany from Syria and Iraq, via Belarus.

Between €3,500 ($3,663) and €10,000 euros per person were collected, said the spokesperson.

According to the spokesperson, the six suspects are Iraqi and Syrian nationals.

©dpa

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