Police in Germany have arrested two asylum seekers and raided several homes and other properties of people suspected to have links with the Islamic State terror group. Authorities in the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) region of Germany announced another arrest of an asylum seeker who they claim has links to the Islamic State. The arrest comes after a migrant was arrested on Friday, also an asylum seeker who, along with the first migrant is suspected of being part of a radical Islamic terrorist cell with plans to commit acts of terror in the region.
While police have not confirmed details of the potential terror
attacks planned, they have said that both migrants were working
together, reports Sachsische Zeitung.
The arrest of the second asylum seeker was announced on Wednesday and
is said to have taken place in the town of Dinslaken near Essen. Essen
was the site of an act of terrorism earlier this year when two young
teenage Muslims bombed a Sikh temple, injuring three people. The case
was ruled not to have been an act of terrorism by a district court despite the links that the suspects had to Salafist groups.
The first man arrested by police on Friday is said to be a
24-year-old asylum seeker from a currently unknown background. The
24-year-old had previously lived in an asylum home in the town of
Mutterstadt just outside of the city of Mannheim. The asylum seeker came
to police attention after a witness had tipped them off. The police
claim that the witness provided them with evidence that the migrant was
actively plotting an act of terrorism.
Reports persist that both suspects lived together in the asylum home
in Mutterstadt, though currently prosecutors are tight-lipped over the
details of the two arrests. Police released a statement to the press
indicating that further details could not be provided due to the nature
of the active investigation into the pair.
Several properties have also been raided by the NRW police and their
counterparts in Lower Saxony over potential links to Islamic State. The
raids, which were instigated by the NRW attorney general, took place in
Dortmund, Duisberg, and Hildesheim.
According to witness reports the police searched several locations
including a Turkish-named travel agency in Duisberg that some media have
reported may have had links to the bombing of the Sikh temple in Essen.
The owner has since disputed claims that he has had any contact with
the pair of young Salafists. According to the attorney general, no
arrests were made following the raids.