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Police thwart terror plot

The Local · 8 Sep 2011, 16:29

Published: 08 Sep 2011 11:22 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Sep 2011 16:29 GMT+02:00

A 24-year-old German of Lebanese origin and a 28-year-old Palestinian were detained and an Islamic cultural club in the northern part of the city had been searched, the authorities said.

A police spokesman confirmed a Berliner Morgenpost report that the two men were stockpiling chemicals that could be used to make an explosive device.

Apart from the club in the northern district Wedding, the men’s flats in the districts of Neukölln and Kreuzberg are also being searched.

According to the newspaper, the two men had collected large quantities of coolant and acid used in agriculture. Police said the suspects intended to mix the substances to make a bomb.

The men are said to have regularly spent time in the club, and sometimes stayed there over night. Police have apparently been keeping them under surveillance for two months. There are as yet no indications they had ties to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.

The investigation began when chemical companies in Berlin and the state of Baden-Württemberg alerted police to the suspicious orders, the newspaper said.

"They could have created a highly explosive device with it," a police spokesman said.

Agricultural chemicals were also used by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik for his 500-kg bomb attack on the Norwegian government in Oslo in July, which killed eight people.

It is not clear what the men were planning to do with the bomb. The spokesman said there was no immediate connection with the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States this Sunday or the Pope’s visit to Berlin later in the month.

"We have no indication that a bomb was meant to explode here on September 11," the spokesman said.

Der Tagesspiegel newspaper said on its website that authorities had had the

men under round-the-clock surveillance.

"We barely had mobile operations commando forces available for other duties because they were all committed to the terror cell," an unnamed investigator told the paper.

The GdP police union said the arrests underlined the risk factor posed by Islamists in Germany.

"Those who think that the situation has returned to normal 10 years after the terrible attacks in the United States and the death of Osama bin Laden once stand corrected," GdP chairman Bernhard Witthaut said.

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Germany has around 5,000 troops in Afghanistan under NATO command. Authorities say the Islamist scene is large and dangerous, with about 1,000 members across the country.

A 21-year-old Kosovar went on trial last week for killing two US airmen who were heading to Afghanistan from the western city of Frankfurt in March, in what has been called the first jihadist attack on German soil.

In 2007 police thwarted a major plot to attack US soldiers and civilians in Germany and Islamic militants in 2006 placed suitcases with homemade bombs on two regional trains at Cologne's main station. They failed to detonate, averting an almost certain bloodbath.

And three of the September 11, 2001 suicide hijackers including their ringleader Mohammed Atta, who flew the first plane into the World Trade Center, lived in the northern port city of Hamburg before moving to the United States.

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Your comments about this article

15:16 September 8, 2011 by danceswithgoats
Why do I keep reading about Muslims attempting to engage or conducting terror attacks? Either Germany has a Islamic based terror problem or the Local keeps focusing on it.
16:15 September 8, 2011 by claudius
Duncewithgoats: because a thwarted attempt to blow people up is considered newsworthy everywhere?
16:18 September 8, 2011 by d'Artagnan
The Islamic terror is everywhere now. Everybody has to be very careful when going to public places
16:49 September 8, 2011 by Englishted
@d'Artagnan

"The Islamic terror is everywhere now."

True,but to change your lifestyle because of them is to hand them a small victory.

The English had a slogan in WW2

"Keep Calm and Carry On"

Sounds right for now too .
17:57 September 8, 2011 by storymann
That is all anyone can do or try to do is" Keep Clam and Carry on",good advice..
20:06 September 8, 2011 by gil_123
28-year-old Palestinian.

come on people! support the palstinean again and again!
20:27 September 8, 2011 by bramblebush
If the Lebaneser and the Palistinian were not allowed to immigrate here, could they cause terror problems here? Wow! What a novel thought!
22:09 September 8, 2011 by Whipmanager
Englishted: You are so right. Imagine if the US had just had a leader tell us to do that on Sep 12 01, no major affect would have been felt anywhere except New York, and in the homes of some Americans. We learned a great lesson from teh Brits in WWII and forgot it.

Bramblebush: While we will both be labeled Racists, I am not, but I so agree with your comment. If we left them alone in their countries, and made sure they didnt leave, they could do as they wish, and not spread to us. We need trade for Oil, that would help them get som money into the system, and we could easily control their travelers until they renounce -FRO REAL- their warlike effort to over take the west. I know not veery Mulsim Country has Oil, that is not really my problem. Immigrate and integrate. If you do not, do not immigrate.

Outside of the persians a few hundred years ago, and the egyptians several centuries, in general, teh Middle east has given us nothing of value (do not count the israelis, they have)
22:20 September 8, 2011 by munichiscool
hooo haaaaa ............... and the garbage starts again ........... till next 2 days all muslims will be labelled terrorists in this thread. Then the dicsussion about immegration start and every expert on immegration will like to throw muslims out of Germany. In 2 weeks every body will forget for couple of weeks untill some new spciy news comes again in the local.

This is the pattern from at least from last one year since I am reading these "Intelligent news" and very value able and intellectual comments here ..... :)
22:44 September 8, 2011 by adipk
May i say Norwegian act as terror act as well (by a terrorist). Sorry if it hurts some one.

This is true for next some days this is the main discussion among people. But so interesting ,or coincidence that always near 9/11 either in Germany or in US authorities find some thing. are they sleeping in rest of year?
23:05 September 8, 2011 by Dizz
@whipmanager

ever heard of arabic numerals? you know, 1,2,3,4.. no? how about avicenna? father of modern medicine? no, huh? how about the number zero (although indians like to claim that one too)?

go back to school you dunce.
23:14 September 8, 2011 by wood artist
@gil_123

While many of us might agree that the Palestinian issue is real...and a real mess, blowing up bombs in Germany...or anywhere else for that matter...is unlikely to positively change anyone's mind about it, nor collect the support of additional people. Although we didn't learn the lesson, the US could have learned in Vietnam that you can't win hearts and minds with guns and grenades. It just doesn't work that way! It never will.

wa
00:26 September 9, 2011 by petenick
Until the psycho religious fanatics of this world are all stopped, we MUST all be vigilant and the press is RIGHT to keep letting us know about these sick acts.
09:45 September 9, 2011 by freechoice
George Bush: Either you are with us or against us!

Dick Cheney: More Oil, More Profits!!! Who cares if some suckers are blown apart every day in Iraq?
10:04 September 9, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ bramblebush #7

"If the Lebaneser and the Palistinian were not allowed to immigrate here, could they cause terror problems here?"

Here is a similar question: "If we would have banned cars, could people die because of car accidents?"
11:05 September 9, 2011 by raandy
The investigation began because the chemical companies reported this to police as suspicious.

On hand good work on the other you were lucky.

It is not if but when this will occur.
12:00 September 9, 2011 by West_Indian
islamist Muslime raus!
18:07 September 9, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
We have to live with terror threats because our respective governments meddle in other people's affairs in the Middle East. Families die as a result of our military action, and their children harbor resentment and ponder on terrorism for revenge. It sucks because it is not "our" fault, per se, but it is the fault of our governments. I wish these dumb terrorists would make that important distinction that we, the citizens, are not responsible for their strife. What can they possibly change by killing innocent civilians? It's a "chicken & egg" scenario - what came first, the military actions or the terrorism plots? It's like an extension of the Crusades during the Middle Ages.
20:07 September 9, 2011 by Englishted
@Jack Kerouac

The 11th of September 2001 came before the "war on terror".

The Islamic invasion of Europe (Spain) came before the Crusades.

But don't let me stop you.
08:33 September 11, 2011 by heyheyhey
@Dizz,

I applaud and fully endorse your comments to WhipManager.

Have you ever noticed that the dunce has to always run his mouth, spout his uneducated opinions, and essentially speak as though he has some "truth" that we all need to know? He tells us that he shares his opinions because he owns property in Germany and is therefore interested.

Good God, can you even believe it?
16:26 September 11, 2011 by Altair99
@englishted

You should get your facts straight. The "War on Terror(ism)" was initiated in 1984 by Reagan. It was revived by Bush II.

The Muslim invasion of Spain indeed preceded the Crusades but it was an era where invasions were common. It did not match the brutality and massacres of the Crusades, and did not seek to annihilate the inhabitants of Spain. Actually, the opposite happened: the Muslims of Spain were annihilated or expelled along with the Jews.

@bramblebush

150,000 Americans have been killed by each other since 9/11/01. The murder rate is quite high in the US. You think that should mean that Germany or Europe should restrict American immigration too?

It is sheer ignorance to assume someone is violent just by his nationality or religion. That's why it's called prejudice.
19:49 September 11, 2011 by Englishted
@Altair99

If as you say it was instigated by Reagan which countries did he invade?

A "era when invasions were common" when wasn't it common ?.

What about when the European Crusaders were expelled or annihilated in the middle east did the Islamic expansion stop? ,no it went on to take Constantinople. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Ottoman armies were stopped twice outside Vienna.

So Islam started the invasions and were the last to invade .

Get you facts right.
06:04 September 13, 2011 by Altair99
@Englishted

It doesn't require an invasion to declare a War on Terror, although Reagan did send bombers to bomb Tripoli in 1985 and conducted a practically secret war on Iran in support of Saddam's Iraq in 1987-88. Anyway, a War on Terror is an absurdity, as it remains undefined and indefinite. When do you know if it's been won?

Islam was the last to invade? So the British occupation of Egypt in 1882 doesn't count? What about the British control of the Gulf as late as the 1970s? How about the French occupation of Syria in the 1920s until 1946? The British occupation of Palestine until 1948? How about the American/British occupation of Iraq in 2003?

The West has been occupying and dividing the Middle East for longer than the past 150 years, constantly destabilizing the region and maintaining its instability to this very day.

I didn't really understand your point about the Crusaders. Were the Muslims supposed to welcome them with open arms, the Crusaders who massacred nearly everyone in Jerusalem when they occupied it?

What facts are you talking about?
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