Monday 18 December 2017

Two held over suspected mall attack plot in Germany

Police patrols at the reopened Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Photo: Clemens Bilan/Getty
Police patrols at the reopened Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Photo: Clemens Bilan/Getty

Two Kosovo-born brothers have been detained on suspicion that they were planning an attack on a shopping mall in western Germany.

The arrests come as an international manhunt continues for Anis Amri over the Berlin Christmas market truck attack that left 12 people dead and 48 others injured.

Police said the brothers, aged 28 and 31, were held in Duisburg in the industrial Ruhr region in the early hours of Friday. They suspect they may have been planning an attack on the Centro mall in nearby Oberhausen.

They say authorities are probing how far along the suspected attack plan was and whether anyone else was involved.

Police say they increased their presence at Centro and a nearby Christmas market on Thursday evening after receiving a tip.

The hunt for 24-year-old Tunisian Amri intensified when his fingerprints were found in the cab of the vehicle used in Monday's attack.

Germany's interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the fingerprint discovery strengthens the case linking Amri to the massacre at the Christmas market near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

German authorities have issued a wanted notice for Amri, describing him as potentially violent and armed.

Mr de Maiziere spoke after visiting Germany's federal criminal police office alongside chancellor Angela Merkel.

Press Association

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