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    A 24-year-old Syrian asylum seeker has been arrested by a special response unit of the German police service, SEK, in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, after law enforcement received a tip-off that he was planning a terrorist attack.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The suspect was arrested in the town of Mutterstadt on Friday after inmates in a prison in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported overhearing a conversation in which the planning of a terrorist attack was alluded to, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported.

    The arrested asylum seeker is thought to be a Daesh jihadist group sympathizer. North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Ministry released a statement clarifying that the alleged terrorist plot being investigated at no point posed a real threat to security.

    Last month, an Afghan asylum seeker carried out an ax and knife attack on a train near Bavaria's Wuerzburg, wounding five tourists. A few days later, a Syrian refugee set off a bomb outside a music festival in Ansbach, also in Bavaria, killing himself and wounding 15 bystanders. Daesh, banned in Russia among other countries, claimed responsibility for both attacks.

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    Terrorism Threat in Europe (269)

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