GERMANY: Islamic terrorism-related news over the past few days

Germany arrests suspected Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist after he returns from Syria.

Fatih K, alleged member of the terrorist group Jund al-Sham operating in Syria, sits in the dock of the superior court of Justice in Berlin
Fatih K, alleged member of the terrorist group Jund al-Sham operating in Syria, sits in the dock of the superior court of Justice in Berlin

Daily Star German police arrested a suspected ISIS supporter who was recently in Syria and raided his apartment in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, federal prosecutors said on Sunday.

The 24-year-old suspect, who has German citizenship, was suspected of having joined ISIS during a stay in Syria from October 2013 until November 2014, a spokeswoman of the federal prosecutor general said.

There were no indications, however, that the man identified as Nils D. had concrete plans for an attack and there was also no connection to the Jan. 7-9 Islamist militant attacks in Paris in which 17 people were killed, she said.

German intelligence authorities estimate that at least 550 people have left Germany for Syria and around 180 have returned. Many are under criminal investigation.

Suspected Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists planning attacks were arrested in Berlin.

The Local  Overnight raids in Berlin ended in the arrest a pair of Turkish men for planning a terrorist attack on Friday, though the German capital was not their intended target.

A special operations commander takes the arrested man to a waiting vehicle in Berlin
A special operations commander takes the arrested man to a waiting vehicle in Berlin

According to police and Berlin state prosecutors, the two men, aged 41 and 43, had pledged allegiance to terrorist political group Islamic State (Isis) and were planning a massive attack on Syrian soil. 

Ismet D., 41, had declared himself as the Emir – or general – of an Islamic group in Berlin. There members were of Turkish, Russian, Czech and Dagestani origins. Police said Ismet D. carried out lessons in Islam that radicalized the group and convinced them to partake in jihadi attacks against “non-believers” in Syria.

Police officers walk near the the hotel 'Bayerischer Hof' during the annual Munich Security Conference

The 42-year-old Emin F. was arrested for being the financier of the group’s plans. Three other men are being held in suspicion of having a participatory role in the planned attacks.

Around 250 officers and three Special Operations commands carried out the raids on 11 homes that were mostly located in the Moabit and Wedding regions.

Family of Lebanese Muslims assault and wound 14 police officers in violent revenge attack.

Searchlight Germany  After an alleged robber of Lebanese origin fell from the seventh floor of a courthouse while trying to escape, his outraged family members tried to storm the clinic in Hamelin where he was being treated for his injuries, wounding 14 police officers.

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Hamelin was “in a state of shock” after the violent attack, city spokesman Thomas Wahmes said, while state parliament representative Tjark Bartels called it “unrestrained violence”.

Prosecutors in Hanover said that the man, who was accused of robbing a petrol station in nearby Aerzen with his brother on Tuesday, fell from the building while trying to escape. Witnesses said that the 26-year-old managed to slip his handcuffs while talking with his defender before climbing out of the window.

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The local Deister- und Weserzeitung newspaper quoted relatives who said that he had been pushed out of the window. “The members of his extended family threw stones which they had torn up from the pavement at the police officers who were there to protect the clinic and attacked them with pepper spray”, police spokesman Jens Petersen said.

As well as injuring the 14 officers, the family – – broke a number of windowpanes and the glass door of the clinic. A small group of the attackers made it inside the clinic buildings by a rear entrance before being forced back outside by the officers, who summoned reinforcements from the whole region to deal with the onslaught.

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Doctors tried to save the 26-year-old’s life while the pitched battle raged between his relatives and the police outside, but he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Several family members are now being investigated for actual bodily harm, breach of the peace and property damage charges. None of them has yet been arrested. 

3 Palestinian Muslims admit to carrying out arson attack on a synagogue in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Local  One 24-year-old man told a court in Wuppertal that the group had carried out the attack in despair at violence in their homeland between the Israeli armed forces and Palestinians. The man’s two accomplices, an 18-year-old and a 29-year-old, admitted their parts in the attack as well.

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Armed with home-made firebombs, the men approached the synagogue and threw the makeshift weapons on the night of Sunday July 28th. A security camera at a petrol station captured two of the accused filling bottles with diesel, while a neighbour alerted the police.

Investigators said that the Molotov cocktails were amateurishly put together. “We threw the bottles, both the others ran away and I stayed,” the 24-year-old said.

“Two of the accused are from West Jordan, where nothing happened [last summer]. I believe this is pure anti-Semitism“, Leonid Goldberg, President of the Jewish community in Wuppertal, said after sitting through the court hearing.

Chancellor Angela Merkel under fire for her mass Muslim immigration policies
Chancellor Angela Merkel under fire for her mass Muslim immigration policies