Tysk politi arresterte to menn fra Midtøsten torsdag, mistenkt for å planlegge terror. De skal ha kjøpt kjemikalier. Det var firmaet de kjøpte fra som tipset politiet.
A 24-year-old German citizen of Lebanese descent and a 28-year-old from the Gaza Strip were apprehended following an investigation by police and state prosecutors that has been underway for some time, a police spokesman said.
Officials with the Public Prosecutor’s Office said the men are alleged to have been preparing a “serious act of violent subversion.” They are believed to have amassed chemical substances that could have been used in the preparation of a bomb, he said. Authorities declined to reveal further details about the potential explosive.
While a police spokesman confirmed to SPIEGEL ONLINE that the two men had acquired chemicals, he said they had not begun building a bomb. They presented no immediate danger, he said. Investigators also believe the suspects are isolated individuals believed to be acting alone and with no known links to militant groups or extremists abroad, he added.
Politiet gjennomsøkte også et islamsk senter i Wedding som mennene hadde frekventert.
De kjøpte store mengder avkjølingsposer. De inneholder en gele som kan bli eksplosiv hvis den mikses med bestemte kjemikalier.
The companies from which the men bought chemicals set the investigation in motion when they alerted officials about suspicious quantities in their orders, the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper reported. Cooling elements and acids used in the agriculture industry were among the chemicals, the paper reported.
Over the course of several months, the main suspect allegedly ordered large quantities of gel ice packs, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported. Combined with a certain acid, the gel inside can be highly explosive, the paper said.