Germany frees two held for alleged ‘act of violence’ plot

Police officers guard the 'Seituna' cultural society in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

Police officers guard the ‘Seituna’ cultural society in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.


German police said Friday they had released two men detained on suspicion of planning a “serious act of violence” following raids in Berlin that targeted militants.

“I can confirm that both suspects were freed from custody at 4:30 am (0330 GMT),” said police spokeswoman Kerstin Ismer.

The men, aged 28 and 46, had been detained Thursday after police commandos raided an Islamic cultural center in western Berlin and a building in Britz, a southern suburb of the German capital.

The two were picked up in Britz, where experts also examined a suspicious object in a car that turned out to be harmless, police had said.

The searches did not turn up any weapons or explosives.

Local media reported officers had acted on a tip-off that an attack was being planned, as European police forces are on high alert following the deadly militant attacks in Paris on November 13 that claimed 130 lives.

A Germany-Netherlands football match in the northern German city of Hanover was called off on November 17 at the last minute over fears of an attack.


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