Two arrested in Germany for suspected bomb attack in Switzerland

Two Swiss citizens have been arrested in Germany after German authorities strongly suspected them of planning to buy explosives to attack a major city in Switzerland, RTS reported.

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The suspicious plan involved two Swiss citizens buying explosives in Stuttgart for a planned crime in a major Swiss city, announced the police and the public prosecutor of the German region of Baden-Württemberg, which contains the city of Stuttgart. There was no indication of a political motive for the planned attack, the announcement added.

The Swiss Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) confirmed that it was aware of the arrests and, together with the Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office, that it was working closely with the authorities in Baden-Württemberg on this matter.

The two men (24 and 26) were arrested on Monday before appearing before a judge on Tuesday. They were temporarily detained.

The couple have been under investigation since early June after leaving evidence of their desire to buy explosives on the dark web. The dark web is a part of the World Wide Web that uses specific software to connect private computers. It is not indexed by the usual search engines and offers greater anonymity.

André Duvillard, a representative of the Swiss Security Network (SSN) told RTS that the fight against crime and terrorism requires international collaboration. These arrests show the perfect functioning of transnational cooperation. Additionally, Duvillard said the risks in Switzerland are still high. Since the Federal Council adopted its counter-terrorism strategy, the question has never been whether Switzerland will be affected but rather when, he said.

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