GERMAN authorities said Wednesday they had arrested three suspected Islamic terrorists for plotting imminent, “massive” bomb attacks on Frankfurt’s international airport and the Ramstein Air Base.
* Woowww!!!! They actually call them ISLAMIC TERRORISTS !!!!
German federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the trio had trained at camps in Pakistan and procured some 700kg of hydrogen peroxide for making explosives.
“This is a good day for security in Germany,” she said.
Ramstein is a major US air base in Germany.
Police with one of the suspects
“There was an imminent threat,” German Defence Minister Franz-Josef Jung said today.
He declined to elaborate, but the Sudwestrundfunk public broadcaster said two of the suspects had German citizenship while the third was Pakistani.
Sudwestrundfunk said the men were arrested last night and were close to carrying out the attacks.
Another official said members of Germany’s elite GSG-9 anti-terrorist unit arrested two suspects at a holiday home in central Germany yesterday.
The third managed to escape through a bathroom window, but was apprehended about 300 metres away by federal police who had roped off the area.
The three men, two Germans aged 22 and 28, and a Turk aged 29, had no steady work and were drawing unemployment benefits while their main occupation was the plot, officials said.
* Germans? Pick your favorite Germans here…
German and US officials have warned of the possibility of a terrorist attack, and security measures have been increased.
Germany, which did not send troops to Iraq, has largely been spared terrorist attacks like the train and subway bombings in Madrid and London – although its involvement in the attempt to stabilise Afghanistan against Islamic insurgents has led to fears it might be targeted.
In July 2006 two gas bombs were placed on commuter trains but did not explode.
Officials said that attack was motivated by anger over cartoons portraying the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper. Several suspects are on trial in Lebanon, and a Lebanese man has been charged in Germany.
Frankfurt airport is continental Europe’s busiest, and the air base at Ramstein is a major transport hub for US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hamas and Fatah accuse each other of defiling Islam
A case for the Sheik Yer’mami classic song:
Update: They’re already spinning the story, the Herald Sun calls them ‘Islamic extremists’
According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, the three men were Daniel S. from the state of Saarland and Fritz G. from Neu-Ulm in Bavaria, both of whom are German converts to Islam, as well as Adem Y., who is believed to be from Turkey. The three, who had apparently founded a terrorist cell, have been under intensive investigation for several months. All three men were considered radical Islamists and had contact with Islamist groups in Germany and Pakistan.Â