18-Year-Old Arrested in Germany for Plotting Violent Attack: Suspect Reveals Deeply Entrenched Far-Right Ideology
German authorities have arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of planning a violent attack. The suspect exhibited a deeply entrenched, violent, antisemitic, and far-right ideology. Officials commend the investigators for their work.
German Authorities Arrest 18-Year-Old Man Suspected of Plotting a Violent Attack An 18-year-old man has been detained in Germany on suspicion of planning a violent attack, according to a joint statement by the criminal police office (LKA) for the German state of Hesse and the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt. The young man is facing charges of preparing a serious state-endangering act of violence and violating firearms laws. Authorities have revealed that the suspect had repeatedly made threats to kill people in online forums as part of his political agenda, with investigations uncovering a deeply entrenched, violent, antisemitic, and far-right ideology.
The interior minister of Hesse, Peter Beuth, commended the investigators and their professional work, stating that strong indications of the attack plans were identified in the early stages of the investigation. Authorities revealed that the probe into the teenager had been ongoing for months before his arrest. A search of his home on November 15 led to the confiscation of weapons, ammunition, computers, and mobile phones. The following day, a juvenile court in Frankfurt ordered the suspect to be placed in investigative detention.
The initial evaluation of the home search further reinforced the suspicions against the suspect, and authorities are continuing their investigation, including examining potential violations of gun laws. At this stage, the Frankfurt prosecutor's office could not provide any information about possible accomplices or a broader network. However, state officials have hailed the arrest and investigation as a major success for a special joint investigation body that was created in response to previous far-right and racially-motivated violent crimes committed in Hesse.
These include the assassination of Walter Lübcke, a local politician, in 2019, a racially-motivated shooting in Hanau in 2020, and the foiling of a terrorist attack in May this year. German authorities have repeatedly warned about the increasing risk of right-wing extremist attacks, particularly targeting individuals of foreign origin, Jews, and left-wing figures. The arrest of this 18-year-old extremist underscores the ongoing threat posed by far-right ideologies in the country. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has emphasized that far-right extremism is currently the most significant challenge to Germany's society and security.