A German teenager has been arrested on suspicion he was planning an Islamic extremist bombing assault within the Frankfurt space, prosecutors stated Thursday.
Frankfurt prosecutors’ spokesman Sinan Akdogan informed the Associated Press the 17-year-old was arrested by Hesse state police Sept. 1 and ordered held by a choose on suspicion of making ready a severe act of violence.
The data resulting in the arrest, supplied by the US, indicated the suspect was planning to assault a homosexual nightclub in Frankfurt and a Catholic church within the metropolis, in line with an official with entry to intelligence data, who mentioned it on situation of anonymity.
Akdogan wouldn’t touch upon the goal or the supply of the knowledge, citing the continued investigation.
At the time of his arrest, the suspect had directions on easy methods to make explosives and was attempting to obtain chemical compounds on-line, Akdogan stated.
It was not clear how superior the preparations had been, however Akdogan stated small quantities of chemical compounds had been discovered throughout a search of the suspect’s house in Florstadt, northeast of Frankfurt.
The suspect’s identify was withheld for privateness causes and Akdogan stated he couldn’t give additional particulars on the deliberate assault.
Germany has beforehand had success with American intelligence data serving to thwart plots, most notably in 2007 in stopping a plan to bomb the US Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base in southern Germany.
In that case, following a tip from the US, German officers put below surveillance 4 members of the novel Islamic Jihad Union and covertly changed the hydrogen peroxide that they had collected to make use of for his or her bombs with a diluted substitute that might not have been used to supply an explosive.
That allowed them to construct a case over time and 4 males had been ultimately arrested and convicted of terrorism-related fees.