A 21-year-old Syrian-born Palestinian man has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning to carry out a terror attack in Israel using chemical weapons, according to German media reports.
Security forces armed with automatic weapons arrested the man last week outside a restaurant in Berlin’s Neukölln neighborhood, Bild reported Thursday.
The man had already recruited others to join the Islamic State terror group, the report stated.
The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) reportedly received a tip from a foreign security service about the man, who arrived some time ago from Libya using a false passport.
The German newspaper Welt reported that the man intended to use chemical weapons for his planned terror attack in Israel, and in a phone call intercepted by security officials stated that he had already acquired the necessary materials.
However, police had not yet found the materials, the reports stated, and the investigation was ongoing.
According to police, the man was arrested several months ago for assault during a brawl.
Welt reported that the man was already known to law enforcement officials for his aggressive behavior and extremist views.
He was reportedly arrested by SEK Special Deployment Commando forces while riot police secured the area.