14th September 2018: A German teenager has been arrested for planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack in the Frankfurt area, German prosecutors said on Thursday. Frankfurt prosecutors’ spokesman Sinan Akdogan told the Associated Press that the 17-year-old was arrested by Hesse state police Sept. 1 and ordered held by a judge on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence.The information leading to the arrest, provided by the US Intelligence Services, indicated that the suspect was plotting to attack a gay nightclub in Frankfurt and a Catholic church in the city.Akdogan would not comment on the target or the source of the information, citing the ongoing investigation.
The suspect was found with instructions on how to make explosives and was trying to procure chemicals online, Akdogan said.
It was unclear how advanced the preparations were, but Akdogan said small amounts of chemicals were found during a search of the suspect’s home in Florstadt, northeast of Frankfurt.
German authorities have withheld the name of the suspect for privacy reasons and Akdogan said he could not give further details on the planned attack.
In the past American intelligence information has helped thwart plots on German soil, most notably in 2007 when an American Intelligence tip helped stop a plan to bomb the US Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base in southern Germany.