Last updated: 01.12.2023, 00:03
A 20-year-old was taken into preventive custody in Lower Saxony. © Lino Mirgeler/dpa
In Lower Saxony, a 20-year-old is taken into custody. He is said to have planned an attack during the Christmas season. There were also arrests in other parts of Germany.
Hanover - A 20-year-old has been arrested in Lower Saxony on suspicion of having planned a terrorist attack during the Christmas season. "He has announced that he obviously wants to carry out attacks in the interplay of major events during the Christmas season, and that is why we have taken him into preventive custody," said Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Daniela Behrens (SPD) on NDR Lower Saxony.
After joint research with WDR, NDR reported that the suspect from Saxony-Anhalt was arrested in Helmstedt on November 21. He comes from Iraq, said the interior minister. "The 20-year-old is still in police custody on the basis of security measures. The State Criminal Police Office of Lower Saxony does not currently provide further background information for investigative reasons," NDR quoted a LKA spokesman as saying.
With regard to the security situation at Christmas markets, Interior Minister Behrens said that the police there were "very clear and robust" - among other things because of the armed conflict in the Middle East. And: "We continue to have Islamists, (...) who are no longer in the public eye, but who have also continued to announce attacks in the West (...)."
Most recently, two youths were arrested in North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg who are said to have sympathized with the terrorist organization Islamic State and planned a Christmas market attack. They are in pre-trial detention. Ultimately, they are said to have agreed "to kill visitors to a Christmas market in Leverkusen at the beginning of December by means of an explosion of a small truck generated by fuel," according to the Düsseldorf General Prosecutor's Office. Dpa