A significant police operation against a group of suspected smugglers has been initiated in Berlin and the western state of Saxony-Anhalt.
More than 20 apartments and offices, predominantly in Berlin, were reportedly inspected on Wednesday morning, according to a Federal Police spokeswoman.
Five men were detained, four in Berlin and one in the Saxony-Anhalt city of Halle.
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)