19-year-old Syrian terror suspect arrested in Germany

Police in Germany have captured a suspected terrorist who they claim was planning a bomb attack in the country. According to the federal prosecutor’s office, the suspect had “preparations for an attack motivated islamist in Germany with the help of a very powerful explosive,” with the goal to cause massive bloodshed and a high death toll.

Target unclear

Yamen A. was apprehended in the early hours of the morning by special forces in the city of Schwerin, in north-east Germany. Several apartments in this area north of Berlin were raided.

The prosecutor’s office says it’s not clear if the suspect had a precise target in mind for carrying out the attack, but that he had made the decision to do so no later than July.

It is also not clear whether the suspect is actually a member of a formal terrorist group or organization. The aim, though, was to “kill and injure as many people as possible.”

Attacks in Germany

As with authorities in other western European countries, German police have been on high alert over the last year and a half following other Islamic State attacks that were planned or carried out in the country.

On 19 December, 2016 a truck attack took place at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing  12 people. The perpetrator, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia, had received instructions from ISIS and was shot four days after the attack in Milan.

Earlier this year, police in Hesse arrested a 26-year-old Tunisian man who, since 2015, been sought on suspicions of being a recruiter and people smuggler for ISIS.

Other attacks, including an axe attack claimed by ISIS on a train outside Wurzburg, which injured five, have raised terror security threat levels in the country.