Cops raid Hells Angels warehouse

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iol news pic Hell's Angels REUTERS File picture: Members of the motorcycle gang 'Hells Angels' from Germany's former capital Bonn wait in the lobby of a court. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

German police were on Friday searching the foundations of a warehouse belonging to the Hells Angels for the body of a Turk who disappeared two years ago, a day after launching a massive raid operation against the gang.

Police said the disappearance of 47-year-old Tekin Bicer from the northern city of Kiel was being treated as suspicious. They believe his disappearance could be linked to a falling out with the gang over drug dealing. Police had completely emptied the warehouse on Thursday.

Around 1 200 police on Thursday carried out raids on 89 properties including brothels, hotels and apartments linked to the Hells Angels, focusing on the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein of which Kiel is the capital.

Five leading members of the chapter in Kiel were arrested, according to police. Preliminary investigations had also begun against 69 suspects. - Sapa-dpa

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