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Berlin: Raid on suspicion of terrorism

BERLIN. The police searched the apartment of a suspected Islamist in Berlin on Tuesday. The man is suspected of having prepared a serious crime. According to the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office, the investigators followed up on evidence that the suspect might have prepared an Islamist-motivated bomb attack. However, this has not yet proven to be true when his apartment was searched. The investigation was still ongoing.

According to the police, 190 officers were on duty. The suspect was found in his apartment in the Berlin district of Marzahn. He was not arrested.

The state chairman of the police union (GdP), Norbert Cioma, justified the large-scale operation. "It is right and important that we act on the slightest suspicion of terrorist offenses and not take any risks," said Cioma.

Just last week, Berlin's Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD), warned that there was still an “abstractly high risk situation” in the capital.

Four years ago, IS supporter Anis Amri kidnapped a truck in Berlin and drove it to a Christmas market at the Gedächtniskirche. Twelve people died in the Islamist-motivated attack and dozen were injured.

In August, an Iraqi man on the A100 city motorway in Berlin deliberately rammed his vehicle into two motorcyclists and collided with other cars. Six people were injured, three of them seriously. Here, too, the investigators assume an Islamist motive.

As a request from the AfD also revealed, German security authorities have prevented twelve Islamist-motivated terrorist attacks in the Federal Republic in the past five years.

Source: Junge Freiheit
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