Police on Sunday (Dec 31) detained three additional suspects in an alleged plot to assault Germany’s famed Cologne Cathedral on New Yr’s Eve, authorities mentioned.
The alleged attackers had deliberate to make use of a automobile to assault the 800-year-old Gothic edifice by the Rhine river, Cologne police director Frank Wissbaum informed a information convention.
The strategy of the deliberate assault was unclear, however an underground automobile park under the cathedral had been searched with explosives sniffer canines in a single day, he informed reporters.
“The three folks at the moment are securely in custody, which we’re very glad about since they will not talk with one another,” he mentioned.
Wissbaum mentioned investigators had discovered proof late on Saturday that linked the three to a 30 12 months previous Tajik man with alleged ties to the Islamic State militant motion, who has been in custody since Dec 24.
Federal authorities have been persevering with their investigation into what he termed a “community of people” from Central Asia with hyperlinks to a number of German states and European international locations.