The Federal Ministry of the Interior assumes that three Syrians arrested in Germany and Denmark planned a terrorist attack. According to the ministry, 17 Islamist attacks have been foiled in Germany since 2009. “Our security authorities have again prevented an Islamist terrorist attack,” said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). “
The y work hand in hand with their European partners, often unnoticed, but very vigilant.”
Three brothers from Syria arrested
The y are accused of preparing a serious act of violence that is dangerous to the state, as the public prosecutor’s office in Naumburg announced. Specifically, the trio is said to have been involved in the purchase of several kilograms of chemicals in Poland that can be used to manufacture explosives.
The Federal Criminal Police Office had also intervened in the investigation. “My thanks go to the federal authorities as well as in Saxony-Anhalt and Hesse,” said Seehofer. “Terrorism is international – so is our fight against terrorism.” According to reports, the German authorities had received a reference to the chemicals order from abroad.
Hundreds of threats known in Germany
The German police had 617 Islamist threats on their radar last December. “Threateners” are people whom the police trust to commit a serious, politically motivated crime. A little more than half of them have German citizenship. Some of them are currently abroad, some are imprisoned in Germany.
In addition, 529 “relevant persons” were last stored in the police databases. This is the name given to people for whom the police assume that they would be involved in such a crime or would support it.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the Status Working Group of the Joint Terrorism Defense Center of the Federal Government and the Länder dealt with 181 Islamist threats and 151 relevant people.
The group has the task of promoting the deportation of extremist foreigners who are considered dangerous. In December 2016, a rejected asylum seeker from Tunisia who had not been deported due to missing papers, among other things, killed twelve people in Berlin.