BERLIN (Reuters) – German police raided the homes of two politicians from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the messages of a Telegram discussion group that allegedly called for revolution and civil war.

Police raided two residences in Bavaria and confiscated cell phones as part of an investigation into the “Alternative Message Group Bavaria” on the Telegram messaging service, prosecutors said in a statement seen by Reuters.

The statement did not specify that the raids targeted AfD politicians. The prosecutor’s office said it could not give more details at this time.

The two people whose homes were searched reportedly made statements to the 200-member Telegram group in December 2020 and are suspected of public incitement, the statement said.

Neither Der Spiegel nor the statement named the suspects.

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Investigators have yet to assess the evidence to determine whether a criminal offense has been committed, prosecutors said.

Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported on December 1 that 16 AfD members from the Bavarian state parliament and 11 AfD lawmakers from the Bundestag, the lower house of the federal parliament, participated in the chat, as well as other party politicians.

The broadcaster said he entered the focus group.

According to the Bayerischer Rundfunk report, the talks were filled with fantasies about an outbreak of civil war, Islamophobia and criticism of government policy on coronaviruses.

The AfD supports anti-migration and Eurosceptic policies and opposes COVID-19 restrictions such as government mask warrants.

In another case earlier this month, police in eastern Saxony state carried out a targeted search for members of a Telegram group as part of an investigation into what they had qualified as a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister of the State.

(Reporting by Christina Amann; Writing by Miranda Murray; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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