Germany Arrests 2 Over Mall Terror Plot

Kosovo-born brothers accused of plotting attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2016 12:39 AM CST
Germany Arrests 2 Over Mall Terror Plot
Police officers guard the Christmas market in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany.   (Silas Stein/dpa via AP)

Police say that two Kosovo-born brothers have been detained on suspicion that they were planning an attack on a shopping mall in western Germany. The men, ages 28 and 31, were detained in Duisburg in the industrial Ruhr region early Friday, the AP reports. Authorities suspect that they may have been planning an attack on the CentrO mall in nearby Oberhausen. They say authorities are probing how far along the suspected attack plan was and whether anyone else was involved. Police say they increased their presence at CentrO and a nearby Christmas market on Thursday evening after receiving a tip. Meanwhile, Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri was shot dead during a shootout with police in Milan, Italy, early Friday. (Read more Germany stories.)

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