Three suspected Islamic terrorists have been arrested in Germany, accused of planning attacks on American targets. The three, two Germans and a Turk, are said to be from an Islamic terror group with direct links to Al-Qaeda, and had been trained at bases in Pakistan. They are thought to have targeted discos and bars, as well as Frankfurt airport and the US airbase at Ramstein, using cars packed with explosives. Police seized more than 700 kgs of chemicals and detonators which could make bombs as powerful as those used in the attacks in London and Madrid.
Attorney General Monika Harms said the security services had foiled what would have been the worst terrorist attacks ever seen in Germany. She said it was a good day for the police and the security services. The German government claimed the threat was imminent, and the plot was in its final stages.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble said it proved Germany was itself a terrorist target, and not simply a base for attacks elsewhere. Ramstein airbase is a major transit point for US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while Frankfurt airport is one of the busiest in Europe.