Tunisian IS Suspect Arrested Over Attack Plot in Germany

German special police forces stand guard during early morning raids in the federal state of Hesse and its capital Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Authorities have raided dozens of locations in western Germany and arrested a Tunisian man suspected of being a recruiter for the Islamic State terror group and rounding up supporters to carry out an attack in Germany.

Frankfurt prosecutors said 54 apartments, business premises and mosques in the region were searched early Wednesday. They said the investigation was directed against 16 people in total, aged between 16 and 46.

The 36-year-old main suspect was arrested in Frankfurt. He’s believed to have been a recruiter and smuggler for the IS group since August 2015.

Prosecutors say plans for a possible attack were at a very early stage and no concrete target had been chosen.

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