Germany detains man suspected of planning terror attack

DW | Published: August 22. 2018


Police in Berlin have arrested a 31-year-old Russian citizen accused of plotting to carry out a bomb attack somewhere in Germany. Prosecutors allege he is a radical Islamist.

Russian national Magomed-Ali C. was arrested at an apartment in Berlin on suspicion of planning a “serious act of violence against the state,” Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday.

The 31-year-old is an alleged accomplice of Clement B., who was arrested on terror charges in the French city of Marseille last year.

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At the time of his capture, Clement B., 22, was in possession of several firearms and 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of highly explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP). The prosecutor said French investigations suggested he had previously been working with Magomed-Ali C. to plan an attack at an unknown location in Germany “in order to kill and injure as many people as possible.”

Their preparations were interrupted by a police operation in October 2016, prompting the pair to separate, with the Russian man staying in Germany and Clement B. traveling to France.

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The prosecutor said the 31-year-old was a “radical Islamist,” who allegedly stored a significant amount of explosives in his Berlin apartment in October 2016. The arrest and search of the suspect’s apartment also served to determine the current location of the explosives, German authorities added.

The suspect is expected to appear in federal court on Thursday.

Editor’s note: Deutsche Welle follows the German press code, which stresses the importance of protecting the privacy of suspected criminals or victims and obliges us to refrain from revealing full names in such cases.

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