German Authorities have revealed that 11 people have been arrested on suspicion of planning an Islamist terror attack using cars and guns with the aim to kill as many people as possible. Arrests have been made in Frankfurt.
Prosecutors in Frankfurt say the suspects were detained in police raids involving 200 officers in the Frankfurt region earlier in the day.
Commenting on the raids, Hesse state interior minister Peter Beuth said: “Police intervened in a timely manner to prevent possible attack plans at an early stage.”
There were no details on the nationalities of the suspects whose ages were given at between 20 and 42 years. They live in the Frankfurt, Offenbach, Wiesbaden and Mainz areas. Eleven people were initially arrested but the investigation was centered on ten suspects.
The main suspects were a 21-year old man from Offenbach and two 31-year brothers from Wiesbaden, all associated with the local Islamist Salafist community. All are German citizens.
The number of registered Islamists in the state of Hesse in 2017 was 4,170, including 1,650 Salafists.