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Suspected ISIL leader arrested in Germany after Bundesliga alert

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By Robert Hackwill
Suspected ISIL leader arrested in Germany after Bundesliga alert

<p>Germany’s <span class="caps">SEK</span> special police have detained an allegedly high-ranking <span class="caps">ISIL</span> member. </p> <p>The 24-year old Syrian refugee was arrested on Friday following a tip-off from a prisoner in Gelsenkirchen, in North Rhine-Westphalia.</p> <p>It led to the <span class="caps">SEK</span> raid on an address in neighbouring Rhineland Palatinate, in Mutterstadt.</p> <p>One ministry was reported to have strong indications a major attack was in preparation to coincide with the start of the Bundesliga season later this month, while the other could only confirm it had identified a major threat.</p> <p>The operation involved three state police forces and security for the upcoming matches will likely be raised. Last November the stadium in Hannover had to be cleared before a Germany-Netherlands match following a bomb threat.</p>