Six arrested over plot for jihad massacre at Christmas market

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    Six arrested over plot for jihad massacre at Christmas market
    Six Syrian ‘ISIS plotters’ are arrested in Germany over plan to ‘attack Christmas market on the anniversary of Berlin atrocity,’” by Julian Robinson and Allan Hall, MailOnline, November 21, 2017 (thanks to Mick):

    German police have arrested six alleged ISIS plotters amid fears they were planning an attack on a Christmas market on the anniversary of last year’s atrocity in Berlin.

    The Syrian men were arrested during raids involving 500 officers in the towns of Kassel, Hannover, Essen and Leipzig.

    Prosecutors say they were plotting a co-ordinated attack using ‘weapons and explosives’.

    There are reports the target may have been a Christmas market in the north western town of Essen on December 19, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.

    On the same date last year, Tunisian ISIS fanatic Anis Amri hijacked a truck to murder 12 revellers at the packed Breitscheidplatz Christmas market.

    The six suspects were identified as Syrian citizens aged between 20 and 28 who arrived in Germany as asylum-seekers between December 2014 and September 2015. Their names were withheld under strict German privacy laws.

    The men, who are allegedly members of ISIS, are accused of ‘having prepared an attack with weapons and explosives on a public target in Germany.’…

    Concrete blocks have been installed around Christmas markets at several central squares in the capital this year before the festive season opens in a couple of weeks….

    Domestic security officials estimate there are some 10,000 radical Islamists in Germany, with roughly 1,600 among them suspected of being capable of violence.