Fearing a terrorist attack, police in north rhine-westphalia and baden-wurttemberg took action against a suspected cell of the terrorist militia islamic state (IS).
Officers searched properties in ten cities in north rhine-westphalia and ulm on friday and saturday. The search was for explosives and weapons, as the lead prosecutor general’s office in dusseldorf announced on saturday. Eleven men between the ages of 22 and 35 were temporarily detained, mostly tajiks, but also a german national and a turk. The suspicion: they are supposed to have something to do with the preparation of a terrorist attack. Their release was ordered after no weapons or explosives were found.
A neighbor watched as six civilian police in balaclavas arrested a suspect in essen, germany. "They blindfolded him," she told me the day after. At first, she thought it was a movie scene, but then more and more officers arrived.