11 people were arrested by German police on suspicion of planning an “Islamist terror attack”. The arrests were made on Friday 22nd March, with claims suggesting the individuals were plotting an attack using guns and a vehicle, with the aim to kill as many non-believers as possible. Around 200 police officers carried out raids in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.
The nationalities of the suspects have not yet been confirmed, but the leaders of the group are said to have been brothers from the cities Wiesbaden and Offenbach.
The brothers had allegedly made contact with various arms dealers, rented a large vehicle and amassed cash to cover the expenses. During the raids, police confiscated several knives, more than 20,000 euros (£17,100) in cash, small amounts of drugs and written and electronic documents.
Unfortunately, this incident is not isolated and Germany is currently on the alert following several jihadist attacks in recent years.
In relation to this, town halls across Germany had to be evacuated on Tuesday due to emails sent threatening a bomb attack in Augsburg.
“A threat against the city of Augsburg has been received, the town hall has been cleared, we are investigating,” tweeted police in the southern city.
In January, courts in three German cities received bomb threats but thankfully no explosions occurred.