Thursday, 6 September 2007

Frankfurt Airport Threat

Three Islamic extremists were put under arrest last night after a plot to ram massive car boms into Frankfurt airport was foiled.

The result had the plan gone ahead would have killed hundreds. The two German converts to Islam and a Turk were in a plan together to unleash several homemade bombs in what would have been Europe's biggest deadly attack.

George Bush was informed on the intended attack and said he was "pleased a potential attack was thwarted".

The three arrested are said to have attended terroist camps in Pakistan and Germany is still exercising vigilance as the country still remains under possible threat. The investigation of the suspects had been going on for 6 months.

In police interviews the plotters said they were prepared to die in order to become a matyr.

All details of the attack had not yet been finalised but the US military base in Ramstein and Frankfurt airport were possible targets. All was driven by a hatred of American citizens.

"The group, which is influenced by al-Qa'eda, set up a German cell in the winter of 2006 with the goal of finding recruits here to carry out attacks," said Monika Harms, a federal prosecutor.

The attack was in the final stages of planning and could have come on America's 6 year anniversary of 9/11.

"They were planning massive attacks," said Miss Harms.

As police moved in on the house the suspects were in to make arrests one of them were informed of the raid and tried to bolt through the bathroom window. Once out the house he pinched a pistol off one of the officers where a struggle took place and the officer was lightly injured.

Head of Germany's Federal Crime Office yesterday said that plot would have caused more carnage than the 2004 Madrid train bomb which killed 191 people due to the amount of hydrogen peroxide to be used.

"This would have enabled them to make bombs with more explosive power than the ones used in the London and Madrid bombings," he said.

The UK and Spain have been victims of bomb plots yet Germany up to date have not been affected by successful plots. Last year they did foil a planned attack when 2 Lebanese men tried to set off suitcase bombs on commuter trains.

This plot has been seen as a warning to German presence in Afghanistan and there will be a decision whether to extend the country's mission there or not.

All security around airports and embassy buildings has been stepped up incase of another attack.

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