German police have arrested 6 ISIS terrorists planning an attack on a Christmas market on the anniversary of last year’s atrocity in Berlin.
The Syrian terrorists were arrested during raids involving 500 officers in the towns of Kassel, Hannover, Essen and Leipzig.
Prosecutors say they were plotting a co-ordinated attack using ‘weapons and explosives’.
There are reports the target may have been a Christmas market in the north western town of Essen on December 19, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.
On the same date last year, Tunisian ISIS terrorist Anis Amri hijacked a truck to murder 12 revellers at the packed Breitscheidplatz Christmas market.
The six Muslim terrorists were identified as Syrian citizens aged between 20 and 28 who arrived in Germany as ‘asylum-seekers’ between December 2014 and September 2015. Their names were withheld under strict German privacy laws.
The terrorists, who are members of ISIS, are accused of ‘having prepared an attack with weapons and explosives on a public target in Germany.’
Police are understood to have acted on a tip off from refugees in the country after they heard of the plot.
Prosecutors refused to give further details, citing the ongoing investigation, but said the Muslim terrorists had not yet finished preparing their attack.
Germany remains on high alert after a year of terror-related bloodshed in 2016.
*UPDATE: Six Syrian refugees arrested in Germany for planning a terrorist attack on behalf of ISIS were freed due to a lack of evidence.
The Frankfurt public prosecutor said there was “insufficient evidence” that the Muslim terrorists were preparing an attack or were in any way linked to ISIS.