German police have made arrests of two Islamic would-be terrorists who were planning attacks on the country’s famed Christmas markets, evoking memories of the December 19, 2016 Islamic terror attack in Berlin, where a truck driver plowed into a crowd of people, causing 12 deaths.
Breitbart Two young alleged Islamic terrorists, aged 15 and 16, were arrested by German police on Tuesday because Federal intelligence agents say they had set a time and place for a terrorist attack to “kill as many as possible”.
A 15-year-old Afghan-German Muslim dual national and a 16-year-old Russian Chechen Muslim were arrested in North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg over an alleged plot to attack a Christmas market with either an incendiary device or a truck. Germany’s Die Welt cites intelligence service sources who claim the pair had discussed their plans and had agreed on a particular Christmas Market and a date in early December to launch the attack.
Tagesspiegel claims to have exclusively learnt that the target was the Cologne Christmas Market, close to where one of the two was arrested. The teenagers are reported to have been Islamic State sympathisers who shared their plans on Telegram and spoke of their desire to kill “as many as people.”
In addition to the “concrete” Christmas Market plan, they also discussed the possibility of striking a Synagogue, it was said.
Prosecutors alleged that two teenagers planned to leave Germany after the attack to join an offshoot of the so-called “Islamic State” group in Afghanistan.
Chechens have become an increasingly prominent part of the European terror scene recently, particularly in France which has the largest population of Chechen ‘refugees’ in Europe. School teacher Samuel Paty, who showed an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad during a class on freedom of expression, was beheaded by a Chechen teen in 2020.
This year, another Chechen migrant stabbed a teacher to death at a French school, with injuries to the educator’s neck and throat. On the declared ‘Global Day of Jihad,’ a teacher has been stabbed to death and two others seriously injured after a knife-wielding Muslim savage, Mohamed Mogouchkov, a Chechen Muslim refugee aged 19, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked a school in northern France.
Many other Chechnyans have been arrested on terror charges or are entered onto terror watchlists in recent years.