The Federal Prosecutor's office has on Wednesday morning in the district of Dithmarschen three Iraqis arrested. The three men, aged 23 and 26 years, the preparation for a heavy state is accused of threatening act of violence. As Holger Münch, President of the Federal criminal police office, confirmed at noon, they planned an attack with a self-made explosive device, a firearm or a vehicle. Neither the specific target nor the date or the method would have stood firm. However, the three were determined to be fact. It should be gone about "to kill as many people as possible".
Two of the arrested were, according to Münch-intensive with the manufacture of an explosive device, they had searched in the Internet and the Darknet, according to instructions for building bombs. Also, a firearm should be worried, because this was too expensive, opted not to. At the beginning of 2019 began one of the Suspects to take driving lessons, to be able to may be a stop with a vehicle commit.
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The result, be said, took months-long investigations by the security authorities of the Federal and länder governments under participation of the Federal criminal police office, Münch. Temporarily, more than 200 employees had been used. The starting point was, therefore, an indication of the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution. The Suspect had been under surveillance for a week around the clock. It was arrived out, the risk of a possible plot to estimate accurately - "how far are the criminals?" and at the same time gather enough evidence for an indictment.
had lived in The three Iraqis recognized as refugees in Germany, and subsidiary protection of refugees enjoyed, said Münch. This subsidiary protection engages, if neither of refugee protection can be made of the entitlement to Asylum granted in the country of origin serious harm - such as torture or the death penalty.
Connections to or order of the so-called Islamic state could not demonstrate to the investigator so far. To the IS while there is "remuneration," said a spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutor's office, but it will not initially identified because of membership in a terrorist organization. "We do not, at the moment of a so-called sleeper cell," said Münch.
The arrests showed "that the threat from Islamist terrorism is still present," said BKA President Münch. "But we are also able to detect the threat and to fight." For the seventh Time since the attack on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz Christmas 2016 Islamist attacks had been thwarted.