Three Syrian “refugees” were arrested Thursday in Germany on suspicion of plotting a suicide bombing on behalf of Islamic State in the western city of Dusseldorf.
The suspects came to Germany from Syria using the migrant route through Greece. Prosecutors say the group was commissioned by ISIS’s senior leadership to carry out two separate bombings in the crowded Old Town area in central Dusseldorf. After detonating the bombs, the plan was to unleash a group of gunmen to take out as many victims as possible.
A fourth member of the group has been in custody in France since February. He shared intel with French authorities which led to the arrests. (RELATED: ISIS Fighters Returning To Europe Get Away With Murder, Even When They Confess)
German authorities foiled similar plans to attack nearby Cologne in February. German authorities have admitted that an unknown number of terrorists have taken advantage of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy.
Germany’s federal bureau for investigation, the BKA, has received 369 warnings about possible extremists among the migrant population that has arrived since September. The number of investigations more than doubled from 18 in January, to 40 in May, according to BKA figures.(RELATED: Germany Doubles Number Of ‘Migrants’ Suspected Of Being Terrorists)
“German security officials have indications that members and supporters of terrorist organizations are being smuggled in with refugees in a targeted, organized way in order to launch attacks in Germany,” a BKA spokeswoman said in May.
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