German Police Arrest 3 in Plot to Attack Americans
People have reacted differently since Sept. 11, 2001. Some received a wake-up call and others are still slumbering. The unfoiling of a major terror plot apparently plotted in Germany by Islamic terrorists reminds us once again that evil is alive and well.
Whatever you may think of George W. Bush, his proclamation of a “War on Terror” may make some uneasy, or pissed off at the sound of this phrase, but unfortunately it reflects today’s real struggle.
What do we do? Let’s start by waking up!
A photographer takes pictures of confiscated canisters labeled as hydrogen peroxide during a press conference in Karlsruhe, southern Germany, following the arrests. (AP)
BERLIN — Three suspected Islamic terrorists from an Al Qaeda-influenced group nursing “profound hatred of U.S. citizens” were arrested on suspicion of plotting imminent, massive bomb attacks on U.S. facilities in Germany, prosecutors said Wednesday.
German Federal Prosecutor Monika Harms said the three, two of whom are German converts to Islam, had trained at camps in Pakistan run by the Islamic Jihad Union, a group based in Central Asia. They had obtained some 1,500 pounds of hydrogen peroxide for making explosives.
“We were able to succeed in recognizing and preventing the most serious and massive bombings,” Harms told reporters.
Harms declined to name specific targets, but said the suspects had an eye on institutions and establishments frequented by Americans in Germany, including discos, pubs and airports.
Sudwestfunk televison, citing unnamed security sources in Berlin, reported that Frankfurt International Airport and U.S. Ramstein Air Base were among the targets.