Germany detains Syrian teen planning suicide attack in Berlin

German authorities on Tuesday arrested a Syrian teenager allegedly planning a suicide attack in the capital, officials said.

BERLIN, Germany (Kurdistan24) – German authorities on Tuesday arrested a Syrian teenager allegedly planning a suicide attack in the capital, officials said.

German police revealed the 17-year-old Syrian teenager was detained in the county of Uckermark, northeast of Berlin.

According to the Associated Press, authorities were informed the suspect had sent a message to members of his family saying goodbye and that “he had joined the jihad [holy war].”

“Evidence of the planning of a concrete act has not yet been identified during the police investigation,” German police explained in a statement.

The 17-year-old was identified as Syrian by the state Interior Ministry’s office who did not release his name.

The teenager came to Germany in 2015 as an unaccompanied minor and registered as an asylum-seeker, AP reported.

Since 2016, he has been residing in a juvenile home for refugees status in Uckermark.

German security officials have consistently warned that the country is under threat by international terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (IS).

In December 2016, a Tunisian citizen launched an attack at a Berlin Christmas market, driving a truck into a crowd which killed 12 people and injured dozens more.

At the time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it would be shocking if a refugee were responsible for the incident.

“It would be repugnant for those who are helping people who came to this country asking for our help,” she stated.

“It would be terrible for all Germans who are very active, day by day, in helping asylum seekers and refugees,” Merkel added.

 

Editing by G. H. Renaud