Terrorism In Germany; Child Bomb Plot & More

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Terrorism In Germany; Child Bomb Plot

The Vienna prosecution authority accuses the now 18-year-old Austrian boy Lorenz K. of instigating violence, attempted use of an explosive device and membership in a terrorist organization.

The 18-year-old has been in police detention since he was arrested in Vienna in January last year.

The son of Albanian immigrants, he reportedly became radicalized in prison after being sentenced at 16 for robbery. Once released, he was reportedly further radicalized after attending several mosques.

Contact with 12-year-old

According to the 55-page indictment, Lorenz K. allegedly gave an oath of allegiance to the “Islamic State” (IS).

He then urged and instructed a 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy through WhatsApp on how to carry out a terror attack, according to the charges.

The nail-bomb device allegedly made by the 12-year-old failed to detonate at a Christmas market in the western German city of Ludwigshafen in 2016. Full Story

Terrorism In Germany; Islamist From Russia Planned Bomb Attack

The trial of a 31-year-old Islamist from Russia who allegedly planned a bomb attack in Berlin began on Thursday.

Federal prosecutors accuse Magomed-Ali C. of planning the attack, most likely on a shopping centre in the north of the capital, with an accomplice, Clement B.

Magomed-Ali C. allegedly stockpiled large amounts of the explosive known as TATP in his Berlin apartment and was planning to build an explosive charge before he was arrested in August 2018.

The attack would have “resulted in a climate of fear and insecurity,” Chief Prosecutor Malte Merz said.

Planning began in mid-2015 and ended in October 2016 after both men became aware of police investigators closing in on their activity.

Anis Amri, the man who drove a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin in 2016, was allegedly also involved in the planning’s later stage Full Story

 

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