German police arrest 10 Muslim terrorists planning to carry out a combined ramming-shooting massacre
German police arrested on Friday ten Muslim terrorists preparing a combined shooting and vehicle-ramming terror attack.
German prosecutors said the 10 terrorists were under investigation for plotting to ‘kill as many people as possible’.
The Muslim terrorists, ranging in age from 20 to 42, were arrested in raids conducted by police in the region around Frankfurt earlier on Friday.
The leaders of the terror cell were identified as a 21-year old terrorist from Offenbach, a city near Frankfurt, and two 31-year-old brothers from Wiesbaden, who were linked with the Islamist Salafist community in the area, prosecutors said.
According to the initial investigation, the Muslim terrorists were planning to use a vehicle and firearms to murder as many “unbelievers” as possible. They had rented a large vehicle and made contact with weapons’ dealers and started to raise funds.
During the raids, police found and seized over €20,000 ($22,500) in cash, several knives, small quantities of narcotics, a variety of documents and electronic data storage equipment.
Some 200 police officers are said to have taken part in today’s operations in south-west Germany.
The charges include funding terrorism and conspiring to commit a crime. The terrorists are due to appear before a judge at the District Court of Frankfurt on Friday afternoon.