Three men have been arrested in Germany suspected of planning terrorist attacks at Frankfurt Airport and the US airbase at Ramstein. Police seized chemicals and detonators, and said the men were members of an Islamic militant group. The Defence Minister said there was concrete evidence of an imminent threat.
Attorney General Monika Harms said the security services had foiled what would have been the worst terrorist attacks ever seen in Germany. European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini said there was still a serious danger of terrorist attacks, and the threat was high.
Frankfurt Airport is one of Europe’s biggest, handling more than 50 million passengers a year. Ramstein airbase is one of America’s most important overseas operations, a major hub for US action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The arrests come a week before the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in America, and a day after eight Muslims were arrested in Denmark, also suspected of planning bomb attacks.