Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Knife attack on Berlin half-marathon foiled, German media report

Knife attack on Berlin half-marathon foiled, German media report

BERLIN (AP) - Six people were detained in connection with what police and prosecutors allege was a plan to carry out an extremist attack on Berlin's half-marathon Sunday, German authorities said.

Sunday's police statement said that several addresses were searched along with two vehicles.

On Sunday police said they arrested the man and five co-conspirators and foiled an alleged plot meant to inflict horror.

Amri's attack in Berlin in 2016 had prompted German lawmakers to call for tougher security measures.

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He confirmed that the suspects arrested "might have planned something during the half marathon" but "we don't know what exactly".

Officers swooped on four men with alleged links to Anis Amri - the Tunisian national who carried out the December 2016 Berlin Christmas market atrocity that killed 12. German daily Die Welt reports that police think the foiled plot involved attacking spectators and participants at Sunday's race with knives.

Authorities believe the 48-year-old German perpetrator of the Muenster attack, who shot himself dead, had mental health problems and was not politically motivated.

He was shot dead by Italian police in Milan, Italy, four days later while on the run.

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The suspect had in his possession two knives which had been especially sharpened for this goal, the report said.

The other three suspects also had links to Amri, according to Die Welt.

The daily Tagesspiegel reported earlier that a "foreign intelligence service" had warned Berlin police of the possibility of an attack on the half marathon.

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Still, the German anti-terror apparatus has been bolstered in the last two years.

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