Teen asylum seeker held in alleged Berlin suicide attack
BERLIN — German state police questioned a 17-yearold asylum-seeker on Tuesday after a tactical unit took him into custody on suspicion that he was planning a suicide attack in Berlin. Police in Brandenburg state said the teenager was detained Tuesday in the village of Gerswalde, 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Berlin, after they learned he had sent a farewell message to family members and told them that “he had joined the jihad,” or holy war. The WhatsApp message talking about jihad to the suspect’s family was sent within the last week and Brandenburg authorities were told of it late Monday night by two other German states, Brandenburg police spokesman Torsten Herbst told The Associated Press. He said police had no evidence that a concrete attack was planned. The federal Interior Ministry said it had no indications that an attack had been imminent.