German police on Friday arrested three suspected members of Al-Qaeda who officials say posed a “concrete and imminent danger” to the nation. All three suspects were of Moroccan origin.
FOX NEWS – They also said that two were arrested were in the western German city of Duesseldorf and one in nearby Bochum. The arrests were based on suspicion they were planning a terror attack
The arrests “succeeded in averting a concrete and imminent danger, presented by international terrorism,” German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement. They showed “Germany remains a target of international terrorists.”
A U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss an ongoing investigation told The Associated Press in Washington D.C. that a SWAT team picked up three people in a raid on suspicion they were planning an attack with explosives.
“Our concerns about threats in Europe had a number of different threads and strands, some of which have been disrupted by good intelligence and law enforcement work by the relevant services,” another U.S. official told the AP on condition of anonymity.
“There have been five disrupted plots in Europe during the past four years — including a credible plot in Germany in 2007 — all of which demonstrate Pakistan-based Al Qaeda’s steadfast intent to attack the US and our allies.”