As is customary in Germany, the suspects have only been identified by their first names and last initials. Daniel S comes from the Saarland, Fritz G from Ulm in Bavaria and Adem Y from Turkey, although there are reports that he holds a Pakistani passport. The two Germans are 22 and 28, while Adem Y is 29.
The men were arrested yesterday as two dozen raids took place across Germany. They are believed to have been detained in the Frankfurt area.
One of those held, Fritz G, put up a fight when police raided the men’s house in the Frankfurt area. He escaped through a bathroom window and managed to reach an outer cordon of officers about 300 metres away before being aprehended. He was able to snatch a gun, which went off, from a policeman. No one was hurt.
A German network reported that shots had been fired when police raided a house in a town in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Germans are converts to Islam. At least one of the men is reported to have received terrorist training overseas.