Tysk politi pågrep tre medlemmer av al Qaida fredag og avverget et konkret og rett forestående angrep, ifølge innenriksministeren.

The newspaper Bild quoted security sources as saying the three, all young Moroccans, were arrested in Duesseldorf and Bochum. It said police seized large amounts of explosives.

«We succeeded in preventing a concrete and imminent danger,» Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement. «This proves that Germany continues to be in the crosshairs of international terrorists, and we need to remain vigilant.»

Federal prosecutors and police had been investigating the three since April 15 over alleged membership of a terrorist organization and other charges.

German police arrest three al Qaeda suspects