Arrests over German airport 'plots'

Three held for allegedly plotting attacks on Frankfurt airport and US military base.

    Frankfurt international airport is one of Europe's busiest [EPA] 

    "The security services have done a very good job and I can't say anything more at this point," he said. 

      

    Targets

     

    Frankfurt international airport is one of Europe's busiest and the Ramstein base in the nearby state of Rhineland-Palatinate, 130km southwest of the airport, is one of the most important US air bases overseas.

     

    Ramstein is a crucial transit point for US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

       

    Germany, which has forces stationed in Afghanistan, has been on high alert for attacks.

     

    The country has feared a re-emergence of Islamic groups since 2001, when the northern port city of Hamburg was used as a base for the September 11 attacks in the United States.

      

    Earlier this year, federal prosecutors charged a Lebanese man held in detention over an unsuccessful attempt to detonate bombs on two trains in Germany in 2006.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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