On Thursday, the police in Berlin arrested two young men (24 and 28) of Middle Eastern origin, suspected of buying chemicals for a bomb attack. The two men had been under investigation for several months and were now arrested on the suspicion that a large attack was planned. The arrest was made after one the two men had ordered large quantities of chemicals on the internet. Two companies thought the orders were suspicious and informed the police. While some chemicals were found on one man’s apartment, concrete plans for an attack were not revealed. The suspects remain detained, but refuse to make any statements.
Following the arrests, Chancellor Merkel emphasized the threat posed by international terrorism and demanded better control mechanisms, such as the recently debated law on data retention, which would allow authorities to store personal information for up to 12 months.