Police arrest German man of “possible Islamic background” for storing explosives

The security forces used sniffer dogs to search the suspect’s apartmenton Wednesday, after arresting the man in Eisenhüttenstadt, which lies on the German border with Poland.

The 27-year-old German national was detained on suspicion of “planning a terror strike” with a possible Islamist background, said Dietmar Woidke, the premier of the German state of Brandenburg.

German media reported that the suspect was a convert to Islam, and that he planned to detonate a homemade nail bomb at the city festival set to start next week. The city has a population of about 30,000 people and is home to a large center for asylum seekers.