Germany: 3 extremists detained over suspected attack plot

German special police members walk during a raid on a piece of property in Berlin, Germany, September 22, 2015. (Photo by Reuters)
Updated 12 November 2019

Germany: 3 extremists detained over suspected attack plot

BERLIN: Authorities in Germany detained three alleged supporters of the Daesh group Tuesday on suspicion of preparing a deadly attack against non-Muslims.
Frankfurt prosecutors said some 170 police officers searched three apartments in the nearby city of Offenbach and detained the men, who were already known to authorities.
“The intervention occurred in time to prevent a concrete threat,” chief prosecutor Nadja Niesen told reporters in Frankfurt. She said that the suspects appeared to have planned an attack in the Rhine-Main region with the intention of killing “as many people, so-called unbelievers, as possible,” but it wasn’t yet known whether they had chosen a specific target.
Niesen said the main suspect, a 24-year-old German citizen with Macedonian roots, had already acquired materials needed to make explosives and searched for firearms online. Police seized various substances and electronic devices at the man’s apartment.
The other two suspects are Turkish citizens aged 21 and 22.
All three suspects are alleged to have spoken of their support for the Daesh group in the presence of witnesses, who informed authorities, Niesen said.

Beirut hit by massive explosions wounding many and damaging buildings

Updated 7 min 2 sec ago

Beirut hit by massive explosions wounding many and damaging buildings

  • Health minister says very high number of injuries
  • Huge blast followed another explosion and fire at port

BEIRUT: Two massive explosions shook Beirut on Tuesday wounding many people and causing widespread damage.

The afternoon blasts shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city center. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping.

Lebanon's health minister Hamad Hasan said the explosion caused a "very high number of injuries."

The explosions appeared to be centered around Beirut's port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away. The blast followed an initial explosion and fire.

Videos showed the second huge explosion and massive shockwave. People could be heard screaming and running from restaurants and their homes. 

Lebanon’s officials news agency said the incident was due to an explosion in a fireworks warehouse by the port.

*With agencies