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Second German train bomb suspect arrested

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Second German train bomb suspect arrested


The second suspect in an alleged plot to blow up trains in Germany is in custody – in his native Lebanon. The man, said to be aged 20, has handed himself in to police in the northern city of Tripoli. German authorities now look set to pursue his extradition. The other suspect – a 21-year-old Lebanese student – was arrested at the weekend in northern Germany. Accused of belonging to a terrorist group and of trying to commit murder, he has been formally placed under investigation.

The probe follows the discovery of two unexploded bombs found in abandoned suitcases in trains in the west of the country last month. If they had gone off, police say, many people could have been killed. A major security operation followed the detention of the first suspect at Kiel station on Saturday. Germany remains on edge, amid mounting fears of an attack. The country has called on its Muslim communities to help combat the threat of terrorism.

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