German police arrest 11 for planning 'Islamist terrorist attack' after raids in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate

Police in Germany were investigating 10 of those detained for terror-financing and criminal conspiracy.

Agence France-Presse March 22, 2019 23:54:17 IST
German police arrest 11 for planning 'Islamist terrorist attack' after raids in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate
  • German police arrested 11 people Friday accused of having planned an 'Islamist terrorist attack' using guns and a vehicle, prosecutors said.

  • The suspects, whose nationalities were not specified, had plotted to 'kill as many non-believers as possible,' Frankfurt prosecutors said

  • The chief suspects were two brothers aged 31 from the city of Wiesbaden and a 21-year-old from Offenbach.

Berlin: German police arrested 11 people Friday accused of having planned an "Islamist terrorist attack" using guns and a vehicle, prosecutors said.

The suspects, whose nationalities were not specified, had plotted to "kill as many 'non-believers' as possible," Frankfurt prosecutors said in a statement.

German police arrest 11 for planning Islamist terrorist attack after raids in Hesse RhinelandPalatinate

Representational image of police in Germany. Reuters

Some 200 police commandos carried out raids in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.

The chief suspects were two brothers aged 31 from the city of Wiesbaden and a 21-year-old from Offenbach.

They had allegedly made contact with various arms dealers, rented a large vehicle and amassed cash to cover the expenses.

Police were investigating 10 of those detained for terror-financing and criminal conspiracy. They were aged between 20 and 42 and lived in Frankfurt, Offenbach, Wiesbaden and Mainz.

During the raids, police confiscated several knives, more than 20,000 euros ($22,000) in cash, small amounts of drugs and written and electronic documents.

Germany is on the alert following several jihadist attacks in recent years.

The most deadly was committed in 2016 by 23-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri, who killed 12 people when he stole a truck and ploughed it through a Berlin Christmas market.

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