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“It has been noticed that this young man could pose a problem”

“These major events are excellent targets from the terrorists’ point of view”

Shortly earlier than the beginning of the European Championship, the police are ready for doable drone assaults. “There have been repeated threats from IS in the past,” warns terrorism skilled Nicolas Stockhammer. He speaks of an “eminent threat.”

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A suspected IS supporter was arrested at Cologne/Bonn Airport. He had utilized to be a steward for European Championship occasions. “We are now taking good care of him,” mentioned NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul.

DThe suspected IS supporter arrested at Cologne/Bonn airport has tried to get accreditation as a steward on the European Football Championship. North Rhine-Westphalia's Interior Minister Herbert Reul confirmed this on Monday in Neuss. However, there have been no “concrete plans for an attack,” mentioned the CDU politician.

“We have checked all those who will be working in these areas of security and order because they need accreditation,” mentioned Reul. “And during the accreditation process, it became apparent that this young man could pose a problem and that is why we are now taking careful care of him.”

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The man was arrested on Friday, a spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor's Office confirmed on the weekend. Investigators accuse the person, who has German-Moroccan-Polish nationality, of transferring a complete of virtually 1,700 US {dollars} to an account of the terrorist group Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISPK) through a cryptocurrency change in September 2023.

The man utilized for “Side Events”

According to studies, the suspect is being investigated on suspicion of supporting a terrorist group overseas and violating overseas commerce regulation. The topic of the arrest warrant is the cash funds, mentioned the spokesman. The suspected terrorist supporter was introduced earlier than the investigating decide on the Federal Court of Justice. He has been in custody since Friday night.

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According to dpa data, the person utilized to be a steward and safety guard for so-called aspect occasions of the European Championship outdoors the stadiums – for instance, public viewing occasions. The European Championship begins this Friday with the opening match of the German staff in Munich towards Scotland.

“It is good that the security forces have become aware of this. This shows that our security check concepts are obviously working,” mentioned Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) on Monday in Neuss. “In this respect, it is a great success for the State Criminal Police Office of North Rhine-Westphalia.”