BREAKING: German city on lockdown over terror attack threat

By Editor on 08/10/2016

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Part of a Chemnitz, a German city went on a lockdown, Saturday morning, following a police operation to stop a suspected terror plotter, believed to have made a bomb in one of the houses in the town, preparatory for another attack in a country that is on current alert after two separate incidents, recently.

Police said they blew open a door as searches continued in Chemnitz but the suspect behind the threat has not been found, after scores of armed officers evacuated residents and cordoned off large areas of the Fritz Heckert district on Saturday morning.

A spokesperson for Saxony Police said: "We are carrying out a large operation in Chemnitz following suspicion of a planned bomb attack...a person of interest could not be found."



German Police during the operation

Families living in a flat block told MDR Sachsen they were woken early in the morning by police with machine guns, telling them to leave the building, when they were taken away from the area on buses.

Officials issued an appeal for residents not to share any images or footage of the operation on social media.

"Major road closers and evacuations are necessary," a spokesperson said: "Within the cordoned-off area, please stay in your homes and follow the instructions of police."

Videos and photos of a man alleged to be the suspect were circulating on social media, with footage showing a person walking down a residential road. Police would not confirm the speculation.

The Fritz Heckert district, known locally as Fritz-Heckert-Gebiet, was built as one of the largest housing developments in Communist East Germany, consisting of large tower blocks once housing 90,000 people.

Many residents left after the reunification of Germany and many of the blocks have since been demolished.

Security remains high in the country after two terror attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) supporters earlier this year, with a Syrian refugee blowing himself up in Ansbach and an Afghan teenager attacking train passengers with an axe in Würzburg.




Source Independent

Posted on October, 8 2016

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