Germany arrests suspected ISIS supporters accused of planning terror attack on Swedish parliament

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wo individuals accused of planning a firearms attack on Sweden’s parliament were arrested in Germany on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor.

The pair, who authorities said are Afghan citizens, were arrested near the city of Gera in Thuringia, central Germany, on suspicion of terrorism, the statement said.

CNN has reached out to Afghanistan’s embassy in Berlin for comment.

Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, said in a statement on Tuesday that one of those arrested is a suspected member of terror group ISIS, and one is a suspected supporter.

According to the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor, the suspects received instructions on conducting the alleged planned attack from a branch of ISIS in the summer of 2023.

The attack was intended to be retaliation for the Quran burnings that took place in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries at the time, the prosecutor said. Police officers were among those set to be targeted, it added.

The two detainees made “concrete preparations” for the terror attack and unsuccessfully tried to procure weapons, the statement said. They also researched local conditions in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, where the attack was supposed to take place, it continued.

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