The police in North Rhine-Westphalia, a total of arrested eleven suspected Islamists because of terrorist suspicion. Some of the men between the ages of 22 and 35 years, were already on the loose, said a spokesman authorities at noon. Against six persons will continue to be determined on suspicion of preparing a serious seditious act of violence.
Apparently, the Odyssey of a 19-year-old Tajik, who was in the city centre of Essen on Friday, among other things, by a pedestrian area, racing was the reason for the actions in two provinces. "Because they had a fear that perhaps this is the prelude for several attack scenarios," said a spokesman for the General Prosecutor's office in Düsseldorf on Saturday. This has not been confirmed apparently. It is unclear why the 19-Year-old motorist, several people vulnerable, and whether this had a possibly terrorist Background.
Concrete information on possible terrorist targets, or an impending fact, it's not, according to current findings said the spokesman. Investigators are checking possible Links of individuals to the terrorist militia "Islamic state" (IS). "We suspect that it is a splinter group of the IS or sympathizers," said attorney Daniel Vollmert of the German press Agency.
In Essen, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, and five other cities in North Rhine-Westphalia had given it on Friday and Saturday searches, in the special forces of the police involved had been. In Ulm, armed police officers had positioned themselves at the entrances to the pedestrian zone. This was purely a precautionary measure, the police announced on Saturday. First of all, the media had reported consistently, also in Ulm, it had come to participated in one or more.
announced As the spokesman for the düsseldorf Prosecutor General's office, have you can in the course of the search "no explosives and no weapons". This was the suspicion. The investigation on suspicion of preparing a serious seditious act of violence went. An urgent suspicion that would justify a warrant, there wouldn't be.
The 19-year-old Tajik had taken the police on Friday. The vehicle he had parked there already. He has personal contacts to Ulm, which caused, apparently, the use in the state of Baden-Württemberg.
In General, the SZ is not reported, according to the press code of conduct on ethnic, religious or national affiliations of alleged offenders. We deviate only in case of justified public interest of this line. This can be in the case of exceptional crimes, such as terrorist attacks or felony, or for crimes committed from a larger group (such as in the new year 2015 night in Cologne). There is a public interest also in the case of tracing calls, or if the biography of a suspected Person for the Offence are of importance. We decide, in individual cases, and are generally reluctant to stir up any prejudice against minorities.