Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Terrorism suspects arrested in Germany

Terrorism suspects were arrested in Germany on Tuesday as part of a Europe-wide swoop that netted a total of 10 alleged Islamic extremists in three countries.

The arrests were part of "an inquiry into international jihadist terror," a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecution office said. The alleged extremists were plotting an attack in Belgium, the prosecutor's office said.

"In total 10 people suspected of preparing an attack in Belgium were arrested in Belgium, Holland and Germany," he said.

The target of the plot had "not been determined yet" when the raids took place, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The suspects are from Belgium, the Netherlands, Morocco and Chechnya, the statement said. Most live in Antwerp.

The arrests came as Germany remained on high alert amid fears of a terrorist attack. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière stressed that authorities were watching the “potentially dangerous people.”

“We know rather a lot,” he said on Monday night to broadcaster ARD. Authorities were “not so naïve” as was the case at the time of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, he added.

However security services are now particularly worried about what they call the “quiet observers” among Islamists in Germany, sources told news agency DAPD.

“They could exploit our security gaps and therefore, despite all our efforts at defence, hit us with attacks,” a security source said.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101123-31363.html

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