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15-Year-Old Arrested for Suspected Terror Planning

2023-11-29T16:11:27.915Z

Highlights: 15-year-old from North Rhine-Westphalia has mentioned a synagogue and a Christmas market as possible targets. The teenager was provisionally arrested during a search of his apartment on Tuesday. According to WDR information, both teenagers are considered sympathizers of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) The fact that the two are said to have envisaged a ChristmasMarket is reminiscent of the attack on 19 December 2016 on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. At that time, an Islamist terrorist had driven into the Christmas market in a hijacked truck.



Status: 29.11.2023, 16:49 PM

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Considerations for an attack on a Christmas market: All alarm bells are ringing for the security authorities. Now two teenagers are said to have exchanged views about it - until the police struck.

Düsseldorf/Leverkusen - The district court of Leverkusen has issued an arrest warrant against a 15-year-old from the Rheinisch-Bergische district in North Rhine-Westphalia for planning and preparing an Islamist terrorist attack. This was announced by the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday. The teenager was provisionally arrested during a search of his apartment on Tuesday. The Attorney General's Office did not provide any further information.

As previously reported from security circles, the police in North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg had arrested a total of two teenagers. According to the report, the 15-year-old main suspect and a 16-year-old are said to have exchanged views on the intention to carry out an attack on alleged "infidels". The 15-year-old from North Rhine-Westphalia has mentioned a synagogue and a Christmas market as possible targets. The suspicion was first reported by WDR and Tagesspiegel.

The seriousness of the plans and the question of whether the 15-year-old might only have wanted to make himself important in his communication with other suspected Islamists remained open for the time being. However, since he recently named a specific date and a public place, the police intervened on Tuesday to be on the safe side, according to security circles.

According to WDR information, he is said to have announced a terrorist attack in Germany for Friday, December 1, in a video distributed on Telegram. According to the report, he is said to have exchanged views with the 16-year-old about an attack with incendiary devices or a small truck on a Christmas market or a synagogue in Cologne. According to WDR information, both teenagers are considered sympathizers of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS).

Before the two arrests became known, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution had announced on Wednesday that against the background of the Middle East conflict, the danger of possible terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli persons and institutions as well as against "the West" had recently increased significantly. In Duisburg, for example, an Islamist threat was arrested at the end of October after indications of a possible attack scenario.

The fact that the two are said to have envisaged a Christmas market is reminiscent of the attack on 19 December 2016 on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. At that time, an Islamist terrorist had driven into the Christmas market in a hijacked truck. A total of 13 people died as a result of the crime, one of them years later as a result. Dpa

Source: merkur

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