Probably the Christmas market as a target: arrest warrant for 16-year-old terror suspect

Probably Christmas market as a destination
Arrest warrant for 16-year-old terror suspect

Two young people are said to have planned an attack on a Christmas market and possibly a synagogue together. Because of this suspicion, the Neuruppin district court issued an arrest warrant against a 16-year-old from Brandenburg. His alleged accomplice is already in custody.

The Neuruppin district court has issued an arrest warrant for a 16-year-old teenager from Brandenburg on suspicion of planning a joint terrorist attack. The authority announced this. There is strong suspicion against him of having planned and prepared a terrorist-motivated attack together with a 15-year-old in North Rhine-Westphalia on the Internet. Further details could not be provided – also in view of the age of the accused and in order not to jeopardize the investigation. The Leverkusen district court issued an arrest warrant for the 15-year-old on Wednesday.

The police arrested the two teenagers on Tuesday. According to security sources, the 15-year-old main suspect and the 16-year-old exchanged ideas about the intention to carry out an attack on supposed “infidels”.

Apparently the Christmas market and synagogue were the target of the attack

The 15-year-old from North Rhine-Westphalia is said to have considered a synagogue and a Christmas market as possible targets. According to NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul, the young people are said to have agreed on a specific Christmas market as the target of the attack. As security circles reported on Wednesday evening, this was said to have been a Christmas market in Leverkusen. The reference to the young people came from abroad.

According to Brandenburg’s Interior Minister Michael Stübgen, the 16-year-old is a Russian citizen. He was arrested in the small town of Wittstock/Dosse in the Ostprignitz-Ruppin district. According to NRW Interior Minister Reul, the 15-year-old is German-Afghan. According to WDR information, both young people are considered sympathizers of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS). Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser warned of attacks in light of Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel and recent arrests in Germany, the editorial network Germany reported.

Stübgen spoke of the fact that there were increasing calls for assassinations and attacks in the Islamist spectrum. “The danger is real and higher than it has been for a long time,” he said. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution became aware of the group of two a few weeks ago.

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