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Germany: Arrested Tunisian man also a suspect in Tunis museum attack01:34

Germany: Arrested Tunisian man also a suspect in Tunis museum attack

Germany, Berlin
February 1, 2017 at 17:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Tunisian asylum seeker arrested in Frankfurt on Wednesday morning, on suspicion of planning an attack, was previously known to German security agencies and lived in the country between 2003 and 2013, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. The man is also a suspect in the deadly Bardo National Museum attack in the Tunisian capital in 2015, according to Frankfurt’s state prosecution service.

According to de Maiziere, the suspect re-entered the country as an asylum seeker under a false name, five months after 20 foreign tourists and two Tunisians were killed by militants in the Tunisian museum.

"He was brought to [the police's] notice during the check up. He arrived as an asylum seeker under a false name; however, he had lived in Germany for an extended period of time and was noticed be security agencies upon the arrival."

The Tunisian suspect was arrested on suspicion of recruiting for the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as part of police raids in western Germany. The Frankfurt General Prosecution Office announced that the man "is suspected to have worked, since August 2015, for the foreign terrorist organisation calling itself the Islamic State," with the goal "to carry out a terror attack in the Federal Republic of Germany."

Germany: Arrested Tunisian man also a suspect in Tunis museum attack01:34
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A Tunisian asylum seeker arrested in Frankfurt on Wednesday morning, on suspicion of planning an attack, was previously known to German security agencies and lived in the country between 2003 and 2013, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. The man is also a suspect in the deadly Bardo National Museum attack in the Tunisian capital in 2015, according to Frankfurt’s state prosecution service.

According to de Maiziere, the suspect re-entered the country as an asylum seeker under a false name, five months after 20 foreign tourists and two Tunisians were killed by militants in the Tunisian museum.

"He was brought to [the police's] notice during the check up. He arrived as an asylum seeker under a false name; however, he had lived in Germany for an extended period of time and was noticed be security agencies upon the arrival."

The Tunisian suspect was arrested on suspicion of recruiting for the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as part of police raids in western Germany. The Frankfurt General Prosecution Office announced that the man "is suspected to have worked, since August 2015, for the foreign terrorist organisation calling itself the Islamic State," with the goal "to carry out a terror attack in the Federal Republic of Germany."

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