Terrorists Planned Home-Made Drone Attack in Germany
Two men are being held by police in Germany on suspicion of planning to use remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives as homemade ‘drones’ to carry out terrorist attacks.
Prosecutors say that two men of Tunisian origin are suspected of “procuring information and objects to commit Islamic extremist explosive attacks with remote-controlled model airplanes.”
German news channels are quoting an anonymous security official as saying that the men had been under surveillance for at least a year, and had been arrested when authorities detected an increased interest in explosives. The public broadcaster SWF has claimed that the pair were studying aeronautics in Stuttgart, and had begun developing techniques for remotely piloting model planes using GPS technology.
According to authorities the men are facing possible charges for the “preparation of a serious, state-threatening act of violence”.
Police carried out a series of raids in Stuttgart, Munich and Saxony in connection with the investigation. One house was also raided in neighbouring Belgium. No charges have yet been brought against any of the suspect.
If true, this would not be the first time that terrorists have been caught trying to create their own ‘drones’ using remote-controlled aircraft. In November last year an American man named Rezwan Ferdaus was sentenced to 17 years in jail after being found guilty of planning to fly an explosives packed model plane in the pentagon. Also last year, police in Spain released a video which appeared to show al Qaeda terrorists training for a bomb attack using a remote-controlled plane.