'ISIS Terrorist' Arrested Near Euro 2024 Host City as German Cops Reveal 'Sleeper Agent' Ready to Carry Out Attack

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‘ISIS Terrorist’ Arrested Near Euro 2024 Host City as German Cops Reveal ‘Sleeper Agent’ Ready to Carry Out Attack

A man suspected of being an Islamic State ‘sleeper agent’ has been arrested in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg just hours after top security officials warned of the threat of Islamic extremist attacks during Euro 2024.

The Iraqi detainee, Mahmoud A., was taken into custody yesterday in the town of Esslingen on the outskirts of Stuttgart after being arrested on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack on behalf of ISIS. Investigators revealed that he arrived in Germany in October 2022, but had been affiliated with ISIS since 2016. It remains unclear how the suspect managed to enter Germany given his history.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser emphasized Germany’s dedication to addressing the Islamist threat, stating: “Our security authorities are extremely vigilant, follow every tip-off, and strike hard to protect our country.”

Heightened Security Measures

The arrest occurred just hours before Germany’s Euro 2024 match against Hungary in Stuttgart and one day after Thomas Haldenwang, head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV), warned of a heightened terror threat. Haldenwang pointed to increased risks due to anger in Arab nations over Berlin’s solidarity with Israel following the October 7 Hamas attacks.

Haldenwang indicated that both extremist groups and “radicalized lone wolves” posed significant threats. In response, police across Germany have had their leave cancelled, with 22,000 officers deployed to reinforce security at borders, railways, and airports throughout the four-week tournament.

Recent Violent Incidents

Germany’s reinforced security measures follow several recent violent incidents:

  • A German policeman was stabbed to death, and others were injured by an Afghan knifeman at an anti-Islam rally in Mannheim.
  • German police shot dead an Afghan attacker who killed one person and wounded three others at a viewing party for the tournament’s opening match in Wolmirstedt.
  • Police shot an axe-wielding man carrying a Molotov cocktail at a fan zone in Hamburg.

Reinforced Security for Euro 2024

With 2.7 million supporters expected to attend matches and millions more watching at public viewing events, Berlin has also drafted in officers from overseas to bolster the security operation. Despite heightened measures, a German YouTuber, Marvin Wildhage, managed to breach security at Munich’s Allianz Arena and reach the pitch before the tournament’s opening match, highlighting the ongoing challenges.

Call for Public Vigilance

Authorities have reinstated strict border checks until mid-July, following the arrest of another suspected terrorist at Cologne-Bonn airport last week. Soufian T, alleged to have ties to Islamist threats, was apprehended after applying for a security job at Euros events.

Political Reactions

The escalating violence and security threats have prompted strong reactions from German officials. Faeser and Haldenwang presented a report showing a record number of politically motivated crimes in 2023, attributing many to global conflicts such as those in Ukraine and Gaza.

The report highlighted:

  • 60,028 politically motivated offences in 2023, up from 58,916 the previous year.
  • 25,660 crimes by right-wing extremists, a 22.4% increase.
  • A surge in anti-Semitic crimes, with 492 incidents in 2023 compared to 33 the previous year, largely post-October 7.

Faeser stressed the impact of the Middle East conflicts on Germany and noted the increased threat from foreign powers, particularly Russia, China, and Iran, citing espionage and cyberattacks as significant risks.

Conclusion

The recent arrest of an alleged ISIS ‘sleeper agent’ near Stuttgart underscores the heightened security concerns as Germany hosts Euro 2024. Authorities remain vigilant and are calling for public awareness and cooperation to ensure safety during the tournament.

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