Germany arrests IS suspects plotting attacks on US bases
April 15, 2020
German police have arrested four suspected members of the "Islamic State" militant group, for allegedly planning attacks on US military bases. The suspects were also said to be plotting to assassinate an individual.
German prosecutors on Wednesday said four men had been arrested for plotting to carry out attacks in the name of the terror group "Islamic State (IS)."
The four men, originally from Tajikistan — along with a fifth individual who was detained last year — were believed to have been plotting attacks on US air force bases in Germany.
They were also suspected of carrying out surveillance of critics of Islam, prosecutors said, targeting them for future assassination.
Attacks had not been due to take place imminently, officials said, but the men had already procured firearms and ammunition.
The arrests, by tactical arms teams, were made early on Wednesday. Apartments, as well as six other locations, were targeted in the dawn raids in the western German cities of Essen, Neuss and Siegen, as well as the district of Heinsberg.
The suspects, who are due to be charged with membership of a terrorist organization, were reported to have been between the ages of 24 and 32.
German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the men's alleged leader, a 30-year-old Tajik man identified only as Ravsan B., has been in prison on firearms charges since last year.