Police free second suspect in German mall attack threat

Justin Greene
March 14, 2017

In a statement, a North Rhine Westphalia Police spokesman said: "The current state of our investigations points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping centre".

"There is a clear link to the so-called Islamic State, to this terrorist organization", the minister said during an appearance on ARD's "Report from Berlin" show.

"In fact, [the suspects] received instructions and orders from someone who left Germany for the region [controlled by Isis]".

German police said Monday they have released a second suspect detained over an alleged ISIS plot against a major shopping mall, citing lack of evidence.

He added that the planned attack "was successfully prevented." .

COPS have raided an apartment this afternoon as a shopping centre remains on lockdown following "concrete" threats of a "multiple suicide bomber" attack.

The Limbecker Platz mall, in the western German city of Essen remained closed on Saturday as police investigated.

Police said they believed one target of a potential attack was a night club. Some 100 police officers were deployed to the scene as the area was cordoned off.

It is one of the biggest in Germany with more than 200 stores and attracts up to 60,000 people on a regular Saturday, according to the shopping centre's website.

Security officials were working "intensely" to discover more information, the statement added.

De Maiziere said that Germany's domestic security service the BfV had tipped off Essen police about the planned attack.

And Germany is already on high alert following the Berlin Christmas market attack in December, which killed 12 people. There have also been an ax assault and a shooting spree recently.

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