Germany: ISIS items found in terror suspect's home

Man arrested in Germany on suspicion of storing materials that could be used as explosives had items in his apartment glorifying ISIS.

Elad Benari ,

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A man arrested in Germany on Wednesday on suspicion of storing materials that could be used as explosives had items in his apartment glorifying the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group, Reuters reported.

Hans-Juergen Moerke, the regional police chief, was quoted as having told local broadcaster rbb that no attack plans had been found but a search of the suspect's flat had uncovered pyrotechnics, a gas mask, a replica Kalashnikov, camouflage suits and "many other ISIS trappings i.e. things that glorify ISIS".

"We don't have concrete connections (linking him to Islamic State) but this person did post photos on the internet in which he posed masked, with this Kalashnikov and Arabic characters," rbb quoted Moerke, Brandenburg state police president, as saying.

He added that the suspicion of terrorism against the 27-year-old German arrested in the eastern town of Eisenhuettenstadt - a man who he said had converted to Islam around seven years ago - "has not yet been ruled out".

He noted the suspect was known to police due to drug-related crimes and threats.

Moerke's comments come hours after a police spokesman said there were no signs the man had been planning a terrorist attack or any indications that he had an Islamist motive.

The website of German news magazine Focus initially reported that the man had a Salafist background and was suspected of plotting to attack a festival in Eisenhuettenstadt, near the Polish border, though it later quoted police sources as saying this was not the case, according to Reuters.

Tensions have been high in Germany in recent weeks due to a spate of attacks, including two in the southern state of Bavaria that were both claimed by ISIS.

In the first attack, a 17-year-old Afghani with an ax attacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg before being shot dead by security forces.

In the second incident, an attacker set off a bomb in a restaurant in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 12 others.

Following the recent attacks, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere last week unveiled tough new anti-terror measures that will see the speeding up of deportations of convicted criminal migrants.

"Germans who participate in fighting abroad for a terror militia and who have another citizenship should lose their German nationality," de Maiziere said.

The security package must still be approved by the country's coalition as well as in the German parliament.

Germany, which like many other countries has been affected by radicalization, in 2014 announced a ban on ISIS in an attempt to prevent the group from recruiting young jihadists in the country.