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German authorities find 46 guns linked to politician’s death

August 21, 2019
File -- In this Tuesday, June 18, 2019 photo journalists walk in front of the residence of Stephan E., suspect in the murder case of the Kassel district president Walter Luebcke in Kassel, Germany. German authorities say they have found 46 guns in the possession of three men suspected in the killing of a regional official from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party. (Uwe Zucchi/dpa via AP, file)
File -- In this Tuesday, June 18, 2019 photo journalists walk in front of the residence of Stephan E., suspect in the murder case of the Kassel district president Walter Luebcke in Kassel, Germany. German authorities say they have found 46 guns in the possession of three men suspected in the killing of a regional official from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party. (Uwe Zucchi/dpa via AP, file)

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have found 46 guns in the possession of three men suspected in the killing of a regional official from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party.

A spokesman for Germany’s interior ministry on Wednesday confirmed a report in daily Tagesspiegel, adding the investigation of the weapons is still ongoing.

Walter Luebcke, who led the Kassel regional administration in central Germany, was shot dead at his home on June 2. A 45-year-old German man with a string of convictions for violent anti-migrant crimes, Stephan Ernst, was later arrested as the alleged killer. He first admitted to carrying out the killing but later retracted his confession.

Authorities are also investigating two other men, who are accused of accessory to murder for allegedly helping Ernst get the murder weapon.

Luebcke was known for supporting the welcoming policy toward refugees that Merkel adopted during an immigration influx in 2015.

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