Guest of Merkel? German police detain suspected high-ranking ISIS member

German authorities have arrested a man suspected of being a high-ranking “Islamic State” militant. The arrest took place in the western town of Mutterstadt.

A special SEK police unit detained an allegedly high-ranking member of the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) group in town of Mutterstadt in the state of Rhineland Palatinate on Friday, August 5.

German news agency DPA reported that the man was detained following a tipoff from a prisoner in the western city of Gelsenkirchen, to the north of Mutterstadt in the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Police from both states reportedly worked together on the case, with police from the city of Duisburg leading the operation.