Man held on suspicion of planning militant attack

BERLIN/VIENNA: A 21-year-old man arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning a militant attack has admitted links with a second suspect in Vienna who had been in touch with extremists in Albania, German investigators said on Monday. German security police arrested the man and a woman during a raid on a flat in the western city of Neuss on Saturday, the regional Criminal Investigation Office (LKA) said. The woman, identified by local media as the man’s wife, was later released. German authorities have been on high alert since a Tunisian man whose bid for asylum had been rejected rammed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19, killing 12 people.
A spokesman for the Duesseldorf prosecutor’s office said the 21-year-old suspect admitted during questioning that a 17-year Austrian with Albanian roots who was arrested in Vienna had visited him for two weeks at the end of last year, though the purpose of the visit was not immediately clear.
A search of the suspect’s apartment in Neuss did not turn up any evidence of an imminent attack and no weapons or explosives were found, a prosecutor’s spokesman said.
 — Reuters