400 German police, special forces raid suspected smuggling gang

Police in Berlin and the State of Saxony-Anhalt to the west of the capital have launched a major raid targeting a gang of suspected smugglers.

More than 20 flats and offices, mainly in Berlin, were searched on Wednesday morning, according to a spokesman for the Federal Police.

Five men were arrested, four of them in Berlin and one in the city of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt.

A total of 18 suspects were under investigation.

The gang was alleged to have smuggled people from Turkey and Iraq into Germany.

A total of 400 police officers from the Federal Police and the Berlin police force were deployed, including special units such as the GSG 9. (dpa/NAN)