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Sunday 21 January 2018

German soldier 'suspected of planning attack'

The soldier was arrested after allegedly attempting to retrieve a gun which was stashed at Vienna Airport
The soldier was arrested after allegedly attempting to retrieve a gun which was stashed at Vienna Airport

A German soldier who had allegedly posed as a Syrian refugee has been arrested on suspicion of planning an attack which would be blamed on foreigners.

Frankfurt prosecutors confirmed the arrest of the 28-year-old on charges of preparing an act of violence.

The Bild newspaper reported the German lieutenant stationed in France had stashed a pistol in a toilet at Vienna airport which was discovered. He was reportedly arrested as he attempted to retrieve it.

A 24-year-old student from the soldier's home town of Offenbach was also arrested.

Sixteen buildings have been searched in Germany, Austria and France in connection with the investigation.

Press Association

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