– Police have carried out raids in Germany and Belgium targeting an alleged Islamist plot by university aeronautics students to use remotely controlled planes for a terrorist attack.
German authorities searched nine homes and properties in the Stuttgart area, around Munich, and in Saxony and Belgium.
A spokesman for Germany’s attorney-general confirmed to London’s “The Daily Telegraph” the suspected plot involved model planes fitted with explosives.
The attorney-general’s office said on Tuesday: “The searches in the Stuttgart area and in Belgium were directed against two men of Tunisian origin who are suspected of collecting information and items for the commission of radical Islamist bombings with remote-controlled model aeroplanes.”
Two of the suspected plotters were students in the aeronautics department at the University of Stuttgart, who were developing systems for using GPS to guide pilotless aircraft, according to the German public broadcaster SWR.
The raids also targeted the homes of four of the men’s acquaintances, who are being investigated on suspicion of financing militant acts. One acquaintance of the suspected plotters is under investigation for money laundering. No arrests had been made, authorities said.
The statement read: “The aim of today’s search is to obtain evidence of potential attack plans and preparations, and to gain insight into the means of financing radical Islamist terrorism.”
The raids involving about 90 police were carried out by the German equivalent of SWAT teams, as police feared the suspects might be armed.
In 2011 the FBI foiled a plot to attack the Pentagon and Capitol with remote-controlled model planes carrying explosives.
Rezwan Ferdaus, a US citizen, obtained a two-metre model plane that could fly at up to 160km/h. He pleaded guilty and last year was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Last August three men believed to belong to al-Qaeda were arrested in Spain on suspicion of trying to launch an aerial attack on a shopping mall in Gibraltar using a large remote-controlled plane.
Turkish national Cengiz Yalcin was jailed for “possession of explosive substances and devices with terrorist aims” after police seized a video of him piloting a large, remote-controlled plane that dropped a package from the air. Germany has suffered only one deadly attack by an Islamist radical: the shooting of two US servicemen at Frankfurt airport in 2011. The attacker, who was born in Kosovo and grew up in Germany, claimed he was radicalised by online jihadist propaganda.
The footage he saw, allegedly a US atrocity on Iraq, was in fact a clip from a Brian de Palma film, “Redacted”.
There have been several attempted attacks in Germany, which stayed out of the Iraq war but is the third largest contributor to international forces in Afghanistan – Jeevan Vasagar


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

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