German police arrest men planning synagogue attack

The German police arrested two men suspected of planning a knife attack at a synagogue in Heidelberg.

The suspects are an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old, who allegedly discussed “the killing of one or more visitors in the attack on the synagogue followed by death as martyrs, whereby the two persons wanted to be shot to death by police,” authorities said in a statement, reports The Jerusalem Post.

The 18-year-old suspect, who is originally from the town of Weinheim and also has Turkish citizenship, is being held on conspiracy to commit murder.

The 24-year-old had been shot and captured earlier in May by police. When the police raided his home on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence endangering the state, the suspect charged a police officer with a knife and was then shot.

The suspect was taken into custody on allegations of attempted manslaughter and a serious case of assault on a police officer.

The police uncovered a link to the 18-year-old suspect during the raid. According to the police, the two had discussed a possible knife attack on visitors to a synagogue in Heidelberg on April 24.