- German special forces have foiled a plot to attack spectators and participants at the 2018 Berlin half-marathon on Sunday.
- Police detained six men, one of whom is said to have possessed two knives that were specially sharpened on purpose.
- The main suspect was reportedly linked to Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of killing a dozen people when he drove into a Christmas market crowd in Berlin, in 2016. Amri was shot dead four days after the terror attack.
- German newspaper Die Welt says the main suspect in the foiled Berlin half-marathon plot “wanted to avenge the death of Amri.”
Police in Germany have detained six men, one of whom was suspected of planning knife attacks at the Berlin half-marathon on Sunday.
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 purpose.
Welt claims the main suspect was linked to Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of hijacking a truck and deliberately driving into a crowd of people at a Berlin Christmas market in 2016.
Amri was shot dead in Italy on December 23, four days after the terror attack that killed 12 people and injured dozens of others.
The main suspect in the foiled Berlin half-marathon plot “wanted to avenge the death of Amri,” according to Welt’s security sources.
The police confirmed the arrests to Welt, but no further details were provided.
The arrests were made just one day after Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the government intended to do the utmost to protect its citizens. Reuters quote Seehofer to have said: “We have again experienced that… absolute security is unfortunately not possible.”
Seehofer made the comments in Münster, where a 48-year-old man steered his Volkswagen bus into a group of people on Saturday, injuring 20 and killing two. The man then shot himself dead.
He is not believed to be linked with terrorist organisations.