The federal prosecutor's office has uncovered a suspected Islamist terrorist cell in North Rhine-Westphalia and arrested seven suspects. The men are accused of founding a terrorist organization in Germany and planning attacks, as the highest German prosecutor announced on Thursday. They are also said to have supported the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS). Another man and his wife were reportedly arrested by Dutch authorities.
The men arrested in Germany are suspects from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. They have a radical Islamic attitude. Shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, they entered Germany together and formed a terrorist organization. The aim was "to perpetrate high-profile attacks in Germany in the spirit of IS," it said.
One of the men arrested in the Netherlands also belonged to the association. The group was in contact with members of the regional IS branch "Islamic State Province of Khorasan" (ISPK). Possible targets of attacks in Germany have already been targeted and possible crime scenes have been scouted out. In addition, the accused had tried to procure weapons. However, there has not yet been a concrete attack plan.
The accused should be brought before the investigating judge of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe on Thursday and Friday.