Synagogue massacre thwarted in Germany: Police arrest Muslim terror cell
Five Chechen Muslim terrorists who were planning to carry out terror attacks, including a plot to massacre Jewish worshipers at a Berlin synagogue, have been arrested in a series of raids across Germany.
The Chechen nationals ranging in age from 23 to 28 have scouted locations for a possible terrorist attack.
The Berlin attorney general’s office announced in a tweet:
“On suspicion of planning a serious violent act endangering the state, search warrants are being executed in Berlin, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Thuringia.”
Berlin prosecutors said that authorities acted after discovering photographs and footage of synagogues and shopping malls on one terrorist’s cellphone during a police check, leading to a wider investigation culminating in Tuesday’s raids.
Later Tuesday prosecutors said the evidence collected so far wasn’t sufficient to justify arrest warrants against the five terrorists, but that the material seized in the raids — which included knives, cash and data storage devices — was now being reviewed.