22 Aug 2018 12:59

Russian citizen detained in Berlin on suspicion of plotting explosion - German prosecutors

BERLIN. Aug 22 (Interfax) - A Russian citizen has been detained in Berlin on suspicion of plotting an explosion, the press service of the German Prosecutor General's Office said.

The prosecution service identified the suspect as Magomed-Ali S., age 31.

"The suspect's home is being searched," the prosecutors said.

Prosecutors suspect the man of plotting "a grave felony dangerous for the state" and "the use of explosives" together with Clement B., who was taken into custody in France.

The ongoing investigative procedures are related to the detention of Clement B. in Marseilles on April 18. French police believe that the detainee and his accomplices were plotting a terror attack. Several firearms and three kilograms of acetone peroxide, a primary high explosive, were found on the day Clement B. was detained.

"The inquiry conducted in France generated suspicions about Magomed-Ali S. The suspicions grew stronger and led to today's detention," the prosecutors said.

According to German investigators, he was storing "substantial amounts" of acetone peroxide at home on October 26, 2016.

"The detainee, a radical Muslim, and Clement B., who was taken into custody in France, planned to make explosives using that substance. The explosion was expected to occur in Germany at an unknown time and at an unknown place in order to kill and injure as many people as possible," the investigators said. The inquiry prevented the plot from being put into action in 2016.

Magomed-Ali S. will appear in court on Thursday. The judge will make decisions concerning his arrest and future.