BERLIN German police stated on Sunday they arrested a 21-calendar year-outdated man on suspicion of planning a militant attack, and joined his case to that of a 2nd suspect in Vienna.
Specific forces police arrested the man and a woman for the duration of a raid on an condominium in the western town of Neuss on Saturday, a spokesman for the Legal Investigation Office environment (LKA) stated. The woman, identified in media experiences as the man’s wife, has been launched.
German authorities have been on high warn because a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia rammed a truck into a Xmas current market final month in Berlin, killing twelve persons.
Germany’s Aim journal stated the man arrested on Saturday was planning a bomb attack on police and troopers. The two he and the suspect detained in Austria had experimented with components to create explosives in the Neuss condominium, it stated.
The Neuss arrest adopted a tipoff from Austrian authorities, stated Frank Scheulen, spokesman for the LKA in the point out of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The man, whose nationality was not presented, was arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out a “really serious act of violent subversion,” Scheulen stated.
A spokesman for the prosecutor’s business office in Duesseldorf, in charge of the case, had no instant comment.
The Vienna suspect, an eighteen-calendar year-outdated with an Albanian qualifications, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of getting contacts to Islamist militants and planning an attack, Austrian police stated.
A spokesman for the German inside ministry stated German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere spoke about the case on Friday with his Austrian counterpart, Wolfgang Sobotka.
Personal computers, cellular telephones and details storage gadgets had been seized in the Neuss raid, Scheulen stated.
(Reporting by Thorsten Severin and Andrea Shalal Creating by Joseph Nasr and Andrea Shalal enhancing by John Stonestreet)