Publicado: Mar, Abril 10, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

German police thwart 'crime' during Berlin Half Marathon

German police thwart 'crime' during Berlin Half Marathon

Police named one of the Berlin suspects as 20-year-old Walid S., considered a "close confidant" of Berlin terrorist Anis Amri, the illegal immigrant from Tunisia who carried out Germany's worst jihadist attack to date.

Berlin authorities said they arrested six people Sunday over an alleged plot to carry out a "violent crime" at the German capital´s half marathon which attracted 36,000 runners.

German national newspaper Die Welt reports that the main suspect is said to have "planned to kill spectators and participants" and possessed two knives that had been specially sharpened on goal.

German newspaper Die Welt says the main suspect in the foiled Berlin half-marathon plot "wanted to avenge the death of Amri".

Berlin police said in a statement they had detained suspects aged between 18 and 21 after searches in the districts of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Neukoelln in the capital.

Muenster prosecutors and police said in a joint statement Sunday it was too early to say why the man had stored the chemicals at his Muenster home.

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An apartment raided prior to Sunday's planned attack was searched following the 2016 attack, Die Welt reported.

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According to the newspaper, the main suspect - an Iraqi national identified only as S., who knew Amri - has been under around the clock surveillance for the past 14 days.

The half-marathon was being guarded by some 630 police officers, dpa reported.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the government was doing everything possible to protect citizens but admitted: "We have again experienced that. absolute security is unfortunately not possible".

After the deadly ramming attack in Germany that killed two people in an open-air restaurant, the German authorities are investigating the killings by focusing on the mental health of the driver.

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