German police arrest Syrian suspected of planning bomb attack

  • German police arrest Syrian suspected of planning bomb attack

German police arrest Syrian suspected of planning bomb attack

The 19-year old was taken into custody when special forces from the Federal Police and Federal Criminal Police Office raided his apartment in the Northern German town of Schwerin early on Tuesday morning.

The counter-terrorism prosecution said that the suspect had planned an extremist-driven attack in Germany with very powerful explosives.

Authorities say he had procured chemicals used to make the explosive TATP and other bomb-making materials usually used to build a remote-controlled bomb.

Mobile phones and batteries found during a search of the suspect's home suggest that the bomb would have been triggered remotely, Kohler said.

The attack was "concretely planned" but there is no known connection between Yamen A. and an global terror group. "It is unclear to what extent this contact person was involved with the plans", Koehler added.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the arrested prevented a "serious terror attack" that could have caused much devastation.

Nevertheless, de Maiziere warned that the risk of a terror attack against civilians in Germany remained high.

The arrest comes one month before the first anniversary of an attack in Berlin by a failed Tunisian asylum seeker who killed 12 people by ploughing a truck into a Christmas market.

A cameraman films in front of the federal court (BGH) in Karlsruhe, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017.

CNN's Nadine Schmidt reported from Berlin; Judith Vonberg wrote from London.