Police in Brandenburg, Germany, say they have arrested a 17-year-old Syrian refugee who planned to commit a suicide attack in Berlin:
— Telegraph Breaking News (@TelegraphNews) May 30, 2017
— DW News (@dwnews) May 30, 2017
Deutsche Welle reports:
A 17-year-old Syrian youth has been arrested in the Uckermark region of the German state of Brandenburg on suspicion of planning a suicide attack in the capital, Berlin, the state’s interior minister, Karl-Heinz Schröter, said on Tuesday.
He said the youth had clearly written about a planned attack in an electronic message to his mother. In the message, the teenager said “he had joined the jihad,” the Islamist war, police said, adding that “evidence of the planning of a concrete act has not yet been identified during the police investigation.”
“The Syrian nationality and concrete attack plans could not so far be confirmed. The investigations continue,” Brandenburg police tweeted.
“According to evidence, he joined jihad and said goodbye to family members,” they added.
Brandenburg police tweeted that the suspect entered Germany in 2015, and that they acted on a tip after the suspect told his family of his intentions to conduct a suicide attack:
— Polizei Brandenburg (@PolizeiBB) May 30, 2017
Just last month, a 16-year-old Syrian refugee was convicted in Cologne for planning a terror attack. He received a two-year sentence in youth prison:
— DW News (@dwnews) April 11, 2017
The terrorist who committed the Berlin Christmas market attack last December, which killed 11, was a refugee from Tunisia who was scheduled for deportation but remained since he had no identification papers:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 21, 2016
The suspect in that case, Anis Amri, had entered Germany from Italy where he had been in prison for arson:
he [Anis Amri] had given at least 14 different names, and various nationalities, while applying for asylum or social benefits across Germany https://t.co/uelOjteO4h
— Christian [ˈʃpaɪ̯çɐ] (@Speicher2017) March 30, 2017
Today’s arrest in Brandenburg will no doubt get the attention of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the suspect was arrested in her homeland of Uckermark, just northeast of Berlin.
In October, I noted that terror attacks in Europe last summer occurred at a pace of one every 100 hours:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) October 12, 2016
And just last month, I reported on five separate terror attacks in the space of less than a week:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) April 8, 2017
I asked then: are we headed for another “Summer of Terror”? If last week’s attack in Manchester is any indication, it appears so:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) May 25, 2017