Germany: Major Terror Attack foiled just in Time / Suspect a Syrian Refugee

1. The German interior minister Lothar De Maiziere gave a short press briefer on the foiled attack of today.

Terror suspect wanted to kill as many as possible
An original translation from Die Welt.

  • A Syrian was arrested on suspicion of preparing an attack motivated by Islamism. According to the federal prosecutor’s office, he had made up his mind to “kill a number of people, as large as possible”.
  • Thomas De Maiziere said that the arrest in Schwerin prevented “a grave terror attack”.

A Syrian was arrested in Schwerin on the strong suspicion of preparing an explosives attack, motivated by Islamism. This is what the federal prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday morning (CET). Special forces of the Federal Police and the Federal Criminal Police Office were deployed in the action.

Additionally, the apartment of the suspect, and more apartments in Schwerin and in Hamburg were being searched, as Welt learned from police sources. One investigator told Welt: “The arrest of this man, particularly on Reformation Day, when there is a large event in Wittenberg with many top politicians, gives food for thought.”

According to investigations, the 19 year old accused is strongly suspected of having planned, and already concretely prepared, an islamistic-motivated attack in Germany with a highly potent explosive. Apparently, the authorities had the young man in their sights for a period of time. Already in July 2017, he had made up his moind to detonate an explosive device in Germany, to injure and kill a number of people as large as possible.

According to information by Die Welt, the Syrian Yamen A. came to Germany in October 2015. Currently, it does not appear that the 19-year-old already came to Germany with an order to prepare an attack. At the moment, [authorities] assume that he radicalized in the country.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) accordingly came across suspicious commumication on the internet, which led to a Facebook profile. Upon this, according to security authorities, Facebook was asked to disclose the user data of the terror suspect, but it took a while, until the suspect could be identified without doubt, and, finally, localized. The data contained extensive chat communication with a person who is deemed an “IS follower” and who calls himself a “soldier of the Caliphate”. This is congruent with Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) who pointed out the importance of the internet for the arrest.

The federal prosecutor’s office confirmed early Wednesday afternoon (CET) that the suspect had contact over the internet ot a person who called himself “soldier of the Caliphate”. “But we do not know who this person is, and we do not know if he encouraged him (the suspect) in his plans”, said Frauke Köhler, spokesman of the federa prosecutor’s office.

Therefore, at the moment, charges are not laid against the Syrian for membership in a terrorist organization, but for preparing a grave subversive crime [translator: “eine schwere staatsgefährdende Straftat”, a grave subersive crime, is the technical term for a terror attack in German Officialese], Köhler said.

Special forces arrested the 19 year old Syrian in the early morning hours under the suspicion of preparing an islamistic-motivated bomb attack. Apartments are searched in Schwerin, and in Hamburg.

At the moment, no hints to membership in a terrorist organization

He allegedly begun in July to gather technical components and chemics that are needed for building an explosive devicde. It were still unclear if the accused already had a concrete destination for his explosive attack. As for the moment, the federal prosecutor’s office would not yet have hints of a membership of the accused in a terrorist organization.

There have been repeated arrests in Germany of suspects who were preparing attacks out of Islamistic motivation. The latest was the arrest of a 40 year old last Wednesday in Berlin, whom investigating authorities deem a member of Islamist circles. In July 2016, a 27 year old Syrian refugee self-detonated on the square in front of a music festival, 15 people were injured.

The office of the federal prosecutor announced a release on the state of the investigations in the afternoon.

In lieu of any photo material of the arrest, a picture of the rather pleasant city of Schwerin; capital of the northeastern German federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. / (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Note: we will be updating this post when new information comes in.


7 Replies to “Germany: Major Terror Attack foiled just in Time / Suspect a Syrian Refugee”

  1. German police arrest 19yo Syrian suspected of plotting high-profile attack (RT, Oct 31, 2017)

    “German counterterrorism police have arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspect who nurtured “concrete plans” to carry out an attack by detonating an explosive device with the aim of killing as many people as possible, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

    The Syrian man, identified by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (GBA) as Yamen A, 19, was arrested in the early morning of Tuesday in the northeastern town of Schwerin “on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence against the state.”

    “According to the findings [available] so far, Yamen A made the decision to detonate an explosive device in Germany no later than July 2017 in order to kill and injure as many people as possible,” the statement reads.

    The 19-year-old, who harbored “concrete plans” to prepare an “Islamism-motivated” terrorist attack, began buying parts and chemicals needed to manufacture an improvised explosive device, the GBA added. It is still unclear if he had identified any specific target for the attack.

    It is unknown whether the man was a member of a terrorist organization, the prosecutor’s office said.

    In December 2016, Germany had its first deadly attack claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), in which 24-year-old Tunisian national Anis Amri plowed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people. More terrorist plots have been attempted or foiled since then.

    Meanwhile, German secret services have recently warned the country is likely to see more terrorist attacks carried out by Islamists. “We must expect further attacks by individuals or terrorist groups,” Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) chief, said in early July. “Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing the BfV and we see it as one of the biggest threats facing the internal security of Germany.”

    Earlier in October, German federal prosecutors said they have been overwhelmed with hundreds of terrorism cases, with a figure marking a fourfold increase since 2016. So far this year, prosecutors have had to deal with over 900 terrorism-related cases, around 800 of which involve radical Islamists, the federal prosecutor’s office told Die Welt’s Sunday edition last week.

    These cases include not only plots to attack Germany, but also jihadists leaving the country to fight in Iraq and Syria. Some 950 people have left Germany for warzones in the Middle East, according to the BfV.”

  2. I can’t fathom its cosmic significance, but 79 years ago there was another terrorist attack in Schwerin. IF you read the til the end of the article, you will learn that there were no Germans of the Jewish faith in that place who survived WWII.
    On the night of the 9th and the morning of 10th November 1938
    Jewish shops were devastated, including the Kychenthal department store , the cigar store Gustav Perl , the jewelry store Fritz Löwenthal , the tailor shop Zoltobrodsky , the Umbrella shop Resi and there were also some Private apartments devastated. The synagogue was desecrated, the interior destroyed, but not burned out of concern, later demolished on instructions. A total of 16 men were taken into “protective custody” and taken to the prison of Alt-Strelitz: among them male members of the families …
    the infamous Jewish auctions were carried out in Schwerin on 10 and 11 August 1942, during which the household items of the deportees found a fierce market. with google translate

    • The pogrom night of 1938. Or “Reichskristallnacht”, “crystal night of the Reich”, as the Nazis had the audacity to call this vile savagery.

      • This begs the question. Will the currently persecuted German people fare any better now than did the persecuted Germans in 1942? Can they recognize how to gear society to reject evil?

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