Wed, Sep 05, 2007
Alleged Targets Included Frankfurt Airport, US Army Base
German authorities say they've
arrested three men accused of planning "massive" terrorist attacks
on several targets used by US citizens in that country.
Bloomberg reports two German men and one Turkish national were
detained Tuesday at a house in Oberschledorn, in the west German
state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Bomb components and detonators
were also seized, along with hydrogen peroxide-based liquid
explosives said to be equivalent to 550 kilograms of TNT.
The men are believed to be members of a local cell of the
Islamist terrorist organization Jihad Union, which has been
connected to al-Qaeda, said Chief Federal Prosecutor Monika Harms.
She called the men's plot "one of the worst terror acts ever
planned in Germany."
"We've said repeatedly for months that Germany is in the sights
of Islamist terrorism and that we have to be vigilant," she
The men reportedly planned to attack sites in Germany popular
with US citizens, including bars and discos. At least on official
said the men also planned to attack transport centers, including
Frankfurt Airport and US army barracks at Hanau, with car
Another target may have been Ramstein Air Base, according to
"The main motivation of the group in Germany was hatred of
American citizens," said Joerg Ziercke, head of the Federal
Officials wouldn't confirm the alleged plot might have been tied
to the upcoming sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001
terrorist attacks in the US... although Federal Prosecutor Rainer
Griesbaum admitted that may have represented "a certain motivation
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