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Syrian teenager plotted bomb attack in Germany, police say

31 Octobre 2017

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Yamen A., was taken into police custody.

German police on Tuesday arrested a Syrian man suspected of preparing a terror attack using powerful explosives, prosecutors said, nearly one year after a deadly jihadist truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas Market.

Prosecutors said in a statement that the teen is "strongly suspected of having planned an Islamist-motivated attack" that involved "highly explosive" materials.

The Syrian had made a decision "no later than July 2017 to explode a bomb in Germany with the aim of killing and wounding as many people as possible".

A spokesperson for the federal prosecutor's office said the suspect had been in contact with extremists online who described themselves as "soldiers of the caliphate".

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Mobile phones and batteries found during a search of the suspect's home suggest that the bomb would have been triggered remotely, Kohler said.

According to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, security officials had prevented a "major terrorist attack".

Investigators searched the suspect's apartment as well as other apartments in the same building and in Hamburg, which belonged to people who are so far not under suspicion.

The terror threat in Europe remains high following a series of deadly attacks that has hit numerous European cities, such as Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Nice, London, Stockholm, Barcelona, and more recently London, over the past few years.

Twelve people were killed in an Islamist-related attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last December.

Syrian teenager plotted bomb attack in Germany, police say