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Germany detains three ISIS suspects over attack plot

Members from the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service present Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with a flag from Bartilah, a town recaptured just outside of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

German authorities have detained three alleged supporters of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group suspected of preparing a bomb attack against non-Muslims.

Prosecutors in Frankfurt said on November 12 that police searched three apartments in the nearby city of Offenbach and detained the men.

The main suspect, a 24-year-old German citizen of Macedonian origin, acquired materials needed to make explosives and searched for firearms online, they said.

His two suspected accomplices are Turkish citizens aged 22 and 21.

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“The intervention occurred in time to prevent a concrete threat,” Frankfurt prosecutor Nadja Niesen said.

She said that the suspects appeared to have planned an attack in the Rhine-Main region with the intention of killing “as many people, so-called unbelievers, as possible.”

It wasn’t yet known whether the group had chosen a specific target.

A judge has yet to decide whether to order pretrial detention for the suspects.