German terror police arrest Syrian refugee, ‘foil second ISIS attack plot’ in a month
German police have arrested a Syrian in Berlin, plotting a terror attack on a city airport, it has emerged.
The Muslim, who has lived in Germany since 2015 and claims to be 27, was seized late last night at an apartment in the Schoeneberg district of the capital.
He is suspected of belonging to a foreign terror organisation – believed to be ISIS, according to reports in Germany.
It comes just weeks after a 22-year-old bogus refugee called Jaber Al-Bakr was captured after police raided his apartment in the city of Chemnitz to discover a bomb under construction.
He was arrested in Leipzig two days after the raid following a nationwide manhunt and later killed himself in a police cell.
Focus Magazine, known for its strong sources within German intelligence, said officials were describing the man arrested in Berlin as a ‘second Al-Bakr’ who was planning to attack an airport in the city.
He was arrested at his apartment in the Schoeneberg district of the city.
‘He is regarded as highly dangerous among intelligence officials,’ said Focus.
He was identified in the Die Welt newspaper as Shraf al-T, born in Tunisia but who arrived in Germany on a Syrian passport.
According to multiple media reports, he and a friend of the same age had been under the observation of security officials for some time.
The decision to arrest him at his apartment in Kolonenstrasse came late on Wednesday evening. The police operation took several hours and numerous cartons were removed from the flat.