Apparent false alarm in police raid over suspected terrorist plot

German police found no sign of any planned attack in the flat of a 27-year-old man who was arrested Wednesday, authorities said, contradicting initial reports that the suspect had been plotting a terrorist act.

The raid, which took place in Eisenhuettenstadt near the Polish border, turned up two firecrackers, police said. The suspect was described as "psychologically unstable."

Earlier Wednesday, Brandenburg State Premier Dietmar Woitke said that the police raid was carried out on suspicions of an Islamist motivated attack being planned against a local festival next week in Eisenhuettenstadt.

Domestic security authorities have taken over the investigation from local police. Security officials said two fireworks devices were found in the man's home, as well as hints of "a possible affinity" with the Islamic State extremist movement.

Germany has been on high alert since two terrorist attacks carried out last month in the southern state of Bavaria were claimed by the terrorist group.

Last update: Wed, 17/08/2016 - 20:58
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