Arrests in Germany over ‘Cologne cathedral attack plot’

Arrests in Germany over ‘Cologne cathedral attack plot’
Arrests in Germany over ‘Cologne cathedral attack plot’

Hello and welcome to the details of Arrests in Germany over ‘Cologne cathedral attack plot’ and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - A police car drives in front of the Cologne Cathedral on December 24, 2023. German police arrested three people on December 31, 2023 over an alleged attack plot targeting the cathedral in Cologne on New Year's Eve. — AFP pic

BERLIN, Jan 1 — German police arrested three people on Sunday over an alleged attack plot targeting the cathedral in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

The “alleged means of attack” is a car, said police in the western city, adding that security measures have been stepped up around the site.

The three suspects are believed to be linked to a Tajik who was arrested on Christmas Eve, said Cologne police chief Johannes Hermann.

The Tajik was detained by German police on the same day as Austria announced the arrests of another three suspects in Vienna.

Advertisement

Bild daily had reported then that the four are all Tajiks who allegedly wanted to carry out attacks for Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), an IS offshoot in Afghanistan.

“Islamist people and groups” are “more active than ever at the moment,” warned Herbert Reul, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Cologne is located.

Investigations following the Tajik’s arrest a week back had found that there is a plot to deploy a car as a means of attack, but “in which way is not known to us,” said Frank Wissbaum of Cologne police.

Advertisement

Officers had deployed sniffer dogs to search the underground parking of the cathedral for explosives but they have not yet turned up anything suspicious.

Nevertheless, protective measures have been significantly stepped up, with around 1,000 police officers deployed since this afternoon to “protect the cathedral and the population in Cologne city centre”.

Reul voiced confidence that New Year’s festivities can go ahead.

“I think that people can celebrate calmly in Cologne today,” he said.

Germany on high alert

Germany has been on high alert in recent weeks over possible Islamist attacks, with the country’s domestic intelligence chief warning in late November that the risk of such assaults is “real and higher than it has been for a long time” because of the Israel-Hamas war.

The deadliest attack by Islamist extremists in Germany was carried out by an IS supporter who rammed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016, killing 12 people.

Germany issued a ban on Hamas activities and organisations linked to the group in the wake of the militants’ attack on Israel that killed around 1,140 people, most of them civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.

Hamas militants also took some 250 hostages, of whom at least 129 are believed to still be held in Gaza.

In retaliation for the deadliest attack in its history, Israel announced it would destroy Hamas and began a relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip before a ground offensive there.

Gaza’s Hamas government says the death toll in the Palestinian territory had reached 21,822, mostly women and children. — AFP

These were the details of the news Arrests in Germany over ‘Cologne cathedral attack plot’ for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

NEXT US military raises alert level for Europe bases: reports

Author Information

I am Joshua Kelly and I focus on breaking news stories and ensuring we (“Al-KhaleejToday.NET”) offer timely reporting on some of the most recent stories released through market wires about “Services” sector. I have formerly spent over 3 years as a trader in U.S. Stock Market and is now semi-stepped down. I work on a full time basis for Al-KhaleejToday.NET specializing in quicker moving active shares with a short term view on investment opportunities and trends. Address: 838 Emily Drive Hampton, SC 29924, USA Phone: (+1) 803-887-5567 Email: [email protected]