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3 Syrian brothers arrested in Germany, Denmark in alleged terrorist bomb plot

Men accused of purchasing several kilograms of chemicals for manufacturing explosives; homemade Islamic State flag reportedly found during search of suspect’s residence

llustrative: Forensic policemen search for evidence in the German town of Dessau-Rosslau, May 13, 2016. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP,file)
llustrative: Forensic policemen search for evidence in the German town of Dessau-Rosslau, May 13, 2016. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP,file)

BERLIN, Germany — German and Danish authorities have arrested three Syrian men on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, prosecutors said Thursday.

Klaus Tewes, spokesman for federal prosecutors in the eastern German town of Naumburg, said a warrant was issued for the three men, aged 33, 36 and 40, last weekend on charges of preparing a serious act of violence.

They’re alleged to have purchased several kilograms of chemicals in January that could be used to manufacture explosives.

A search of a residence linked to the suspects in the city of Dessau-Rosslau, between Naumburg and Berlin, turned up 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of black powder, and fuses.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Denmark, where more chemicals were seized. The third was arrested in Germany near Frankfurt.

None of their names were given, in line with German privacy laws.

Tewes would not give further details, and federal police, whose agents made the arrest in Germany, declined to comment.

Der Spiegel magazine reported that the three men were brothers, and that one of the two arrested in Denmark had been registered in Dessau. In addition to the chemicals, Spiegel reported that authorities found a homemade flag of the Islamic State extremist group in their search of the residence there.

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