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Four police officers have been shot in Germany in a raid on the home of a suspected far right supporter.

The interior ministry said a 49-year-old man opened fire on the officers after they entered his home in Georgensgmuend, Bavaria, on Wednesday.

The police, supported by specialist units, raided the property to search for weapons, a spokesman said.

"The 49-year-old immediately opened fire on officers," he added. "Four police officers were injured, some seriously. The suspect was slightly injured and arrested."

The suspect was allegedly a member of the far right Reischburger movement, who refuse to acknowledge the authority of the post-World War Two German state.

Some Reichsburger groups are believed to have ties to neo Nazi organisations, and stockpile weapons.

In August, a former Mr Germany modelling pageant winner was injured in a shootout with police at a Reichsburger compound in Reuden bei Zeitz, Saxony-Anhalt.

Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, local judiciary and police officials were due to hold a conference on the shooting later today. (Wednesday 19 October).