Police swoop to arrest ten ‘jihadists’ in Germany who were ‘plotting to use a car and guns to kill as many people as possible’
- The suspects were detained in the Frankfurt area in police raids earlier on Friday
- They ranged in age from 20 to 42 but no details of their nationality were given
- They are said to have contacted weapons dealers and hired a vehicle already
Ten suspected terror plotters have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning a jihadist attack with a car and guns.
German prosecutors said the 10 suspects were under investigation for plotting to ‘kill as many people as possible’.
The suspects, ranging in age from 20 to 42, were detained in raids conducted by police in the region around Frankfurt earlier on Friday.
Ten suspected terror plotters have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning a jihadist attack with a car and guns (file photo)
No details were provided on the nationalities of the suspects.
The main suspects were a 21-year old man from Offenbach, a city near Frankfurt, and two 31-year brothers from Wiesbaden, who were associated with the Islamist Salafist community in the area, prosecutors said.
According to FNP, the terror suspects had already been in contact with weapons dealers and hired a vehicle.
Evidence seized during the police raid is said to have included €20,000 (£17,000) in cash as well as numerous knives.
There were also documents and electronic data stores seized during the raid, it is reported.
The last major terror strike in Germany was the Berlin Christmas market attack in 2016 when Anis Amri drove into a crowd and killed 12 people.