German security authorities detained ten people on Friday. They were suspected of plotting to perpetrate an asymmetric attack. The arrests took place as part of a 200-men police raids in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.
A 21-year-old man from the city of Offenbach and two 31-year-old brothers from Wiesbaden were considered to be the heads of the foiled terrorist attack. The detainees fall into the age group 20-42 and are German nationals. Prosecutors have indicted them with charges over financing terrorist and criminal conspiracy activities. A spokeswoman from the prosecutor’s office argued that:
‘The detainees planned to kill as many non-believers as possible…They had already made contact with different arms dealers, rented a large vehicle and collected financial assets to use for the purchase of guns and the execution of the planned murders.’
Security authorities confiscated €20.000, knives, drugs, electronic devices and important documents.
International Alert about Imminent Attacks
In the follow-up of the Christchurch mosque attacks, the international community is on global alert about possible terrorist attacks perpetrated by jihadist cells. Germany is not an exception to this threat and security authorities have buffed up security countermeasures in recent days to address similar threats as the one neutralised on Friday.
The most deadly terrorist incidents in Germany took place in December 2016 when a lorry rammed into a Christmas market in Berlin. The attack resulted in twelve casualties. Anis Amri, the Tunisian perpetrator of the Berlin market assault, was killed during exchange of fires with security forces in Italy, four days later.