Sunday 11 December 2016

Suspected member of IS detained in Germany

Published 09/08/2016 | 18:56

The 24-year-old was detained in the south-western German town of Mutterstadt
The 24-year-old was detained in the south-western German town of Mutterstadt

A German special police unit has detained an alleged member of the Islamic State group in the south-western town of Mutterstadt.

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The German news agency dpa reports that the 24-year-old asylum seeker, whose identity was not given, was detained after a tip from a prison inmate in the western city of Gelsenkirchen.

Dpa reported the information about the suspect came in connection with alleged threats against the German Bundesliga football league. It gave no further details, but said there was no imminent threat.

A spokesman for the interior ministry of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia told dpa initial reports that the suspect was a high-ranking member of IS could not be confirmed.

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