“We are not aware of a specific target of attack,” the Frankfurt prosecutor said.
Rabat – The German police arrested a Moroccan couple allegedly involved in planning terrorist attacks on Thursday. The police also raided the homes of 12 suspects in southwest Frankfurt.
The suspects were planning an attack in Germany, the Frankfurt prosecutor, Nadja Niesen, told the Associated Press news agency. ”We are not aware of a specific target of attack,” she said.
Around 200 police officers stormed about 15 buildings and houses in the cities of Russelsheim, Raunheim, and Biebesheim in the Hessen region on Thursday morning.
The German police officers, according to Wormzer Zeitung, hoped to arrest 12 suspects. All of them were of German or Moroccan nationality and aged between 22 and 33 years.
During the assault, money, knives, and documents were seized by the police.
The couple are accused of traveling with their two young children to Syria with forged passports in order to be trained to commit attacks, according to the Frankfurt prosecutor.
Last December, Moroccan intelligence intercepted suspicious phone calls between two individuals about a planned attack on the Stuttgart airport.
The Moroccan intelligence community informed their German counterparts of their suspicions and the suspects’ names.
In September, Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita warned of the threat that repatriated fighters and their families represent.
Bourita called for “extreme and continued vigilance” to detect actions such as incitement of people to carry out terrorist attacks.