Teen asy­lum seeker held in al­leged Ber­lin sui­cide at­tack

Cape Breton Post - - News | World -

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.

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