- Title: German police say man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack
- Date: 23rd January 2017
- Summary: NEUSS, GERMANY (JANUARY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF APARTMENT BUILDING WHERE MAN ON SUSPICION OF PLANNING TO CARRY OUT AN ATTACK, LIVES, ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS DUESSELDORF, GERMANY (JANUARY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR STATE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS (LKA) NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA SIGN 'POLICE' AND 'STATE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS' SPOKESMAN OF STATE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, FRANK SCHEULEN, WALKING BY CAMERA (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESMAN OF STATE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, FRANK SCHEULEN, SAYING: "We received information from Austria very late on Friday. As you know, one person was arrested in Austria on suspicion of being a terrorist. That person was suspected of planning attacks with explosives. That information reached us during the night from Friday to Saturday and there were trances to North Rhine-Westphalia that the Austrian suspect was supposed to stay in Neuss. That was reason enough for us to open criminal proceedings. The prosecution in Duesseldorf opened a related criminal investigation on Saturday and assigned the State Office of Criminal Investigations with the investigation." SIGN LKA (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESMAN OF STATE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, FRANK SCHEULEN, SAYING: "We knew that there were contacts between the two persons. And in today's time, we must take those indications seriously, we must act fast and consistently. Hence, the apartment (in Neuss) was immediately searched, by Special Forces. We did not find any evidence of explosives. We did find data carriers, which you can find everywhere, and secured them. Now the police investigation work starts, those things we found need to be analysed, we need to do interrogations, and that will takes some days." CREST FOR NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESMAN OF STATE OFFICE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, FRANK SCHEULEN, SAYING: "There was no indication to immediate attacks. But still we needed to act fast and carefully." SIGN 'POLICE' AND 'LKA'
- Embargoed: 6th February 2017 11:37
- Keywords: Germany police arrest attack
- Location: NEUSS, DUESSELDORF, GERMANY
- City: NEUSS, DUESSELDORF, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA00160AVWHZ
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- Story Text: German police have arrested a man on suspicion of planning to carry out an attack, a police spokesman said on Monday (January 23), adding that the authorities believe he could be linked to a suspect arrested in Austria two days ago over jihadi contacts.
Special police units arrested the man and a woman during a raid on an apartment in the western city of Neuss on Saturday (January 21), a spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Office (LKA) said. The woman has been released.
The man has been charged with planning to carry out a "serious act of violent subversion," said Frank Scheulen, spokesman for the LKA in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
A failed asylum seeker from Tunisia rammed a truck into a Christmas market last month in Berlin, killing 12 people.
The LKA spokesman declined to provide more details about the man arrested on Saturday.
Focus magazine said that the raid in Neuss was carried out following a tip-off from Austrian authorities who on Jan. 20 arrested an 18-year-old with a migrant background in a Vienna apartment on suspicion he had planned an attack.
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