German Islamist arrested for planning attack on security forces

Source: The Local

German police have arrested a 26-year-old Islamist who was planning an attack against police officers or soldiers using a homemade explosive device, authorities said Thursday.

The German national was arrested Wednesday and stands accused of “preparing a serious act of violence threatening state security”, prosecutors in the northern city of Celle said.

“During interrogation, he admitted that he planned to lure police officers or soldiers into a trap and kill them with a homemade explosive,” they said in a statement.

Investigators searching the suspect’s home in Northeim, in Lower Saxony, found chemicals that could be used to make a bomb.

The accused is active in Germany’s ultra-conservative Salafist scene, the prosecutors added.

Germany is on high alert for militant attacks following a string of assaults last year, the deadliest of which was a December 19th truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 lives.

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