Friday, September 26, 2008

Germany: Suspects removed from plane

Hmmm. Somalis. Holy war and suicide notes left behind. Who can it be?

German commandos have arrested two men on an aeroplane preparing to take off from Cologne airport.

A Somali, 23, and a Somali-born German, 24, were suspected of planning attacks and were detained after several months of surveillance, police said.

The men had intended to carry out "holy war" and suicide notes had been found at their flat, a police official told German television.

The KLM passenger carrier KL1804 had been bound for Amsterdam.

In other Cologne news...They're starting them young.

It has also been revealed that police this week arrested three teenagers who ambushed two police officers in the city in what was thought to be an Islamic extremist attack. Reports said the youths, aged 15, 16, and 17, had repeatedly referred to "Jihad" during their interrogations.

They also apparently admitted they wanted to kill the officers to send a signal of Islamist terror.

The three had tricked a 26-year-old policewoman and her 38-year-old colleague late on Tuesday by making an emergency call.When the officers approached one who was lying on the ground, the two others came out of hiding with guns. The men fled but opened fire at the officers after they fired two warning shots.

It later emerged the teenagers' firearms had been starting pistols.