Investigators say the person is suspected of making an attempt to acquire substances on-line that might have allowed him to producer an explosive belt “in an effort to perform an assault in opposition to civilian targets.”
Police say the person was inspired and supported in his motion by his 24-year-old brother, who lives within the southern city of Kempten. German information company dpa reported that the youthful man was additionally detained.
The brothers, whose names weren’t instantly launched, have been described by federal police as being motivated by “radical Islamist and jihadist” views.
Authorities mentioned they’d no info indicating a concrete goal for the deliberate assault.
Police searched properties in Hamburg and Kempten, seizing giant quantities of proof together with chemical substances, officers mentioned. Some 250 officers have been concerned within the operation.
Germany’s prime safety official thanked police, saying their actions “have prevented doable Islamist assault plans.”
Inside Minister Nancy Faeser mentioned the case confirmed that the hazard of Islamic extremism remained excessive and pledged that German safety businesses would proceed to take all details about such threats severely.
“Germany stays a direct goal of Islamist terrorist organizations,” she mentioned. “Islamist-motivated lone perpetrators are one other important risk.”
In a separate case, authorities in western Germany mentioned Tuesday that they’re investigating a doable extremist motive in an assault at a health club in Duisburg final week. A 26-year-old Syrian was arrested days after the assault, wherein 4 males have been severely wounded and one in every of them stays in life-threatening situation.
Duesseldorf prosecutors mentioned a evaluation of the suspect’s cellphone indicated that “there might have been an Islamist motive” behind the assault, however declined to elaborate. The person is at the moment being held on suspicion of tried homicide and different offenses.