3 Arrested in German Terror Plot

Militants planned to bomb Frankfurt airport and American military base
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2007 6:11 AM CDT
An armed German border police officer stands guard at Frankfurt airport, Germany, in this July 13, 2005 file photo. German authorities said Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, they had arrested three suspected...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – German officials have arrested three suspected Islamic militants involved in a "massive" and "imminent" plot to bomb the Frankfurt Airport and the Ramstein Air Base, a U.S. and NATO military hub, the AP reported this morning. The men had gathered 1,500 lbs of hydrogen peroxide. "This would have enabled them to make bombs with more explosive power than the ones used in the London and Madrid bombings," says a German official.

The militants were said to have been planning to strike in a few days, possibly to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The suspects—two Germans and a Turk —have been under observation for some time, authorities said, and allegedly trained at a camp in Pakistan run by an extremist Sunni Muslim group.