Alleged Islamist in German ricin plot not acting for Iran

Natalie Portman
By Natalie Portman 2 Min Read
origin 1A man is taken into custody by a Special Operations Command (SEK) officer wearing a protective mask. Counter-terrorism investigators have arrested a 32-year-old man in Castrop-Rauxel in the northern Ruhr region who allegedly prepared an Islamist attack. The 32-year-old and one other person had been taken into custody. Karsten Wickern/dpa

The alleged Islamist arrested in the German Ruhr region for planning an attack with the biological agent ricin would not have been acting on behalf of the Iranian government, security sources told DPA.

The Iranian, detained together with his brother in Castrop-Rauxel, would rather be a supporter of a Sunni Islamist terrorist group.

The brother would have been previously known by the police, but for reasons not related to terrorism. It has not yet been ascertained whether he was part of the conspiracy.

Both men have been in Germany since 2015.

origin 1The substances found during the search are examined in the Castrop-Rauxel fire brigade premises. Firefighters and police work during a large-scale operation by the police and firefighters on Saturday evening in Castrop-Rauxel. A special task force (SEK) was also at the scene, a police spokesman told the German news agency on Saturday evening. Christoph Reichwein/dpa

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