2017-10-31T102928Z_1_LYNXMPED9U0MX_RTROPTP_2_GERMANY-SECURITY

The arrest of a 19-year-old Syrian in Schwerin has thwarted a “serious terror attack” in Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said. Known only as Yamen A, the suspect was arrested in a prefabricated house on an estate in the northern city. Special forces carried out the operation. According to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect is believed to have planned and prepared an imminent Islamist-motivated attack, which would have used explosives.

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