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3 arrested in Germany, Denmark in alleged IS-linked attack plot

German and Danish authorities have arrested three Syrian men on suspicion of planning an attack, prosecutors say.

Klaus Tewes, spokesman for federal prosecutors in the eastern German town of Naumburg, says 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 have been given in line with German privacy laws.

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

Der Spiegel magazine reports that the three men are brothers and that one of the two arrested in Denmark was registered in Dessau. In addition to the chemicals, Spiegel reports that authorities found a homemade flag of the Islamic State terror group in their search of the residence there.

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