German law enforcement officials said on Saturday that they were looking for two suspected terrorists thought to be in or around the capital city in one of several investigations aimed at thwarting what the authorities believe are myriad plans by Islamic radicals to attack the nation.
They have information that two men entered Germany six to eight weeks ago from Waziristan, in Pakistan, and were awaiting delivery of detonators, perhaps from Turkey, to carry out an attack, a German security official said.
Aspects of this suspected plot were reported in several German news outlets on Saturday, including on ARD television, which said that the attackers “are rotating their accommodation, staying in the homes of other people, are living together, not using the telephone, not going to the mosque and making sure they are dressed in Western clothes.”Police and government officials said this week that they had concrete information of plans for a terrorist attack by the end of the year and so have stepped up their counterterrorism efforts. The police and investigators are closely monitoring cross-border traffic and have sent heavily armed police officers and bomb-detecting dogs to transportation hubs, popular sites and government and parliamentary offices.
It looks like AQ wants to attack the German Parliament, the Reichstag:
Al Qaeda and associated Islamist groups were planning to take hostages and fire at people in the Reichstag, which is also a popular tourist attraction, Spiegel reported in an article to be published Monday.
News of the plot reportedly came from a jehadi who contacted the German authorities, prompting de Maiziere‘s warning earlier in the week of planned attacks in Germany.
Spiegel reported that the informant repeatedly telephoned police from a foreign location in recent days, asking the authorities to help him return to his family in Germany.
He said the terrorist cell consisted of six people, of whom two had arrived in Berlin weeks ago. Four other militants – including a German, a Turk and a northern African – were still waiting to travel to Germany, Spiegel said.