German police arrest Syrian suspect, avert ‘major terrorist attack’

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated bomb attack in Germany with the aim of killing as many people as possible, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

Policemen walk in front of a residential building in Schwerin, Germany, October 31, 2017. German police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated bomb attack in Germany. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said security officials had averted a “major terrorist attack”.

The man, identified as Yamen A., had been in contact online with jihadists including one who described himself as a “soldier of the caliphate”, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Yamen A. was arrested in the early hours in the northeastern town of Schwerin. Police searched his home and also those of…

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