Cops Nab 6 in Foiled Plot to Stab Runners

Main suspect is linked to 2016 Berlin market attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2018 11:40 AM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2018 12:06 PM CDT
Police guard during the half marathon run in Berlin, Sunday, April 8, 2018. The German daily Die Welt is reporting that police have foiled a knife attack on a half-marathon in Berlin.   (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
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(Newser) – Six people were detained in connection with what police and prosecutors allege was a plan to carry out an attack on Berlin's half-marathon Sunday, German authorities say. "There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event," prosecutors and police wrote in a joint statement, the AP reports. Berlin police tweeted that six people were detained in cooperation with the city's prosecutor's office. The German daily Die Welt first reported that police foiled a plot to attack race spectators and participants with knives.

The main suspect allegedly knew Anis Amri, a Tunisian who killed 12 people and injured dozens more when he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, Die Welt reports. One of the apartments Berlin police raided before the race started Sunday was also searched after the Christmas market attack. Special police forces detained four men in connection with the race plot, the paper says—different from the six that police reported. Die Welt reported that the main suspect, who was not identified, had prepared two knives to use in the attack. It also wrote that in one of the searched apartments, dogs trained to find explosives barked when they were taken into the dwelling's basement. The main suspect had apparently been under observation for two weeks around the clock.


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