German police arrested a 26-year-old German man after they discovered he was plotting a terror attack.
The man, who has not been identified, admitted he was planning to attack either soldiers or police officers in the area. The Wall Street Journal reports he identifies with the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Islam.
Hans-Georg Maassen, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, recently released the number of known Islamic extremists in the country, which he says is a major concern to law enforcement. There are currently 1,600 identified Islamic extremists, up from around 100 in 2013, and police say close to 570 of them are capable of committing an attack.
“Fighting all manifestations of terrorism and Islamism has top priority,” said Uwe Lührig, president of the police in Göttingen. Police in this area of Germany have recently arrested several people they suspected of plotting terror attacks.
Prosecutors said the man who was recently arrested told them he had planned to use an explosive device during his attack. According to the WSJ, during the investigation police found chemicals and other materials that can be used to make an explosive device in the man’s home in Northeim.
The WSJ reports the other plotted terror attacks were made by an Algerian and a Nigerian. Although there was no proof of a connection found between the two plotted attacks, police say weapons, ammunition, a machete, and ISIS flags were found in their homes. A police spokesperson said although the two were born in Germany, they are not of German descent, and they are currently trying to deport them.
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