Two arrested in Germany over mall attack plot

24 December, 2016 12:00 AM printer

BERLIN: Police have arrested two brothers on suspicion of planning to attack one of Germany’s biggest shopping centres, authorities said Friday, four days after a jihadist killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market, reports AFP.


Police said they had arrested two men, aged 28 and 31, originally from Kosovo, and were trying to establish how advanced the plot was and whether other people were involved.


Acting on a tip-off from the intelligence services, police were deployed to the shopping complex and a nearby Christmas market in the western city of Oberhausen late Thursday, they said.


The mall that was targeted, CentrO, is one of the largest in Germany with around 250 shops that are usually packed in the run-up to Christmas.


The arrests come as police frantically hunt for the Tunisian suspect accused of ploughing a truck through crowds packing one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets on Monday.


The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the assault—their deadliest yet carried out on German soil.