İrem UZUN -TDO- Police arrested a 21-year-old suspected right-wing extremist after he threatened to kill Muslims in Germany. The man reportedly said he wanted to carry out an attack similar to the deadly Christchurch mosque shootings.
The 21-year-old from the northern city of Hildesheim had announced his attack plans "in an anonymous internet chat", the state prosecutor's office in the town of Celle said on Monday. Initial investigations show the suspect "has for some time been considering the idea of committing an attack in which he wanted to kill numerous people in order to attract worldwide media attention", prosecutors said. The suspect referenced the Christchurch attacker, who killed 51 people in two mosques in March 2019, and said he wanted to carry out a similar attack. "His aim was to kill Muslims," prosecutors said. Police found weapons in the suspect's home, as well as electronic files containing right-wing extremist content. He was detained on Saturday and faces charges of threatening to commit criminal offences and financing terrorism through the purchase of weapons.
Germany has seen several deadly right-wing extremist attacks over the past year, with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer at one point calling right-wing terrorism "the biggest danger for democracy in Germany." In February, a gunman with far-right beliefs killed nine people in the city of Hanau in an attack targeting hookah bars. Last October, a gunman killed two people in an attack targeting a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle. One year ago, pro-immigration politician Walter Lübcke was shot dead at his come, a neo-Nazi suspect has been charged with this murder.