There were plenty of warnings that Merkel’s flood of Syrian refugees would lead to ISIS attacks in Europe. Nowit’s hitting home in Germany.
Germany’s prosecutors said three Syrians have been arrested for planning an “Islamic State” attack on Düsseldorf’s historic city center. A fourth terrorist was taken into custody by French authorities in February.
The alleged strategy was for two suicide attackers to detonate their vests in Düsseldorf’s historic city hub. Afterwards, additional attackers were to shoot and kill as many passersby as possible with guns and explosive devices.
According to prosecutors, Abd Arahman A. K., who had experience creating suicide vests and grenades for the al Nusra Front group in Syria, was to make the suicide vests. The plot was thwarted when Saleh A. turned himself in to prosecutors in Paris with details of the plan on February 1.
German prosecutors said two of the accused had joined IS in Syria in 2014 and received instructions from IS leadership to attack Düsseldorf. One of the three had traveled to Europe as part of the huge number of refugees that entered Germany last summer, officials told the German news agency dpa.
He came to Germany via Greece and Turkey and made an asylum application in the eastern town of Bliesdorf last September. He then disappeared for about five months and showed up again at the refugee home last Wednesday to claim his 390-euro benefit.
He appears to have filed the application on September 11.