MAINZ, Germany — Four suspected ISIS members who were plotting to attack U.S. military facilities and other targets have been arrested in Germany, prosecutors in the country said Wednesday.
Specialist tactical police units swooped on the suspects in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, arresting the men who were all originally from Tajikistan, the prosecutors said in a statement.
The suspects, named as Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K. as well as Sunatullokh K., were arrested near the cities of Essen and Duesseldorf, the statement added.
A fifth man, Ravsan B., who was already in custody, was also arrested. Their last names were not released for privacy reasons, in keeping with German law.
State Interior Minister Herbert Reul said in a statement that the group had spied on two U.S. air bases.
He added that they “had already bought weapons and ammunition” and “in addition, one suspect has knowledge how to make explosives.”