German police carry out 13 raids across 5 federal states
Operatives of elite police anti-terrorism units, the SEK, have been scrambled across five German states, including Thuringia, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Bavaria, according to Spiegel magazine, which cites police in Thuringia.
Bild magazine cites “an imminent terror threat” as a trigger for the operation.
#Suhl: German police carry out 13 anti terror raids in Thuringia , Hamburg, NRW, Saxony and Bavaria due to a concrete threat
— I.E.N. (@GoldenKrant) October 25, 2016
The large-scale operation is reportedly targeting “Islamist-linked terror suspects,” local broadcaster MDR reported.
A 28-year-old suspect, said to be a “Russian national of Chechen descent” with links to Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) is wanted by police, Spiegel reported. According to Bild, the suspect may be plotting “a serious act of violence.”
Among other suspects are also 10 men and three women, all with alleged Islamist backgrounds.
All the suspects are reported to be asylum seekers with unknown residence status.
— dpa international (@dpa_intl) October 25, 2016
Raids are also taking place in the cities of Hamburg and Dortmund.
Police forces have deployed sniffer dogs to detect potential explosives.
At least one suspect is reported to have been placed under arrest in the central Thuringia city of Suhl, where “white powder” of unknown origin was found.