Germany arrests man planning terrorist attack at local festival

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Published 17.08.2016 17:56
Updated 17.08.2016 17:58
olice officers stand in front of an apartment building in Eisenhuettenstadt, eastern Germany, on August 17, 2016 (AFP Photo)
olice officers stand in front of an apartment building in Eisenhuettenstadt, eastern Germany, on August 17, 2016 (AFP Photo)

German police on Wednesday arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion that he was planning a bomb attack, local authorities said.

"There are suspicions that an explosive attack was being prepared," said a spokeswoman for the regional government of Brandenburg.

The man is suspected of planning an attack with a terrorist motive in Eisenhuettenstadt, a town near the Polish border, Brandenburg's state premier Dietmar Woitke said.

Security sources told DPA the man had been planning an explosives attack at a local festival in the town, which is scheduled to take place on August 26-28.

A police spokesman in Frankfurt an der Oder, a city of just north of Eisenhuettenstadt, said explosives had been found in the man's home after a search with sniffer dogs. He added that the man was a German national.

Germany suffered two attacks claimed by Daesh terrorist organization in July -- an axe rampage on a train in Wuerzburg and a suicide bombing in Ansbach.

In Wuerzburg, the 17-year-old attacker was shot dead by police after injuring five people. In Ansbach, 15 people were injured after a failed Syrian asylum seeker detonated an explosive device outside a music festival, killing himself.

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