By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
BERLIN â€“ “An elite German commando team arrested two men of Middle Eastern origin in Berlin in connection with buying material for a bomb attack, a police spokesman in Berlin said on Thursday.
They were identified as a 24- year-old German-Lebanese man and a 28-year-old from the Gaza Strip and are suspected of buying chemicals to make an explosive device, police said.
The Berlin daily Tagesspiegel quoted an investigator from the counterterrorism operation saying, â€œthere was hardly enough forces of the mobile special commandos for other assignments because all forces were needed for the terror cell.â€
Earlier in the week, Germanyâ€™s minister of interior, Hans-Peter Friedrich, from the Christian Social Union party, said roughly 1,000 Islamic terrorists live in Germany.
The Federal Republic has long been a hotbed of radical Islam. The terror group Hezbollah remains legal in Germany. According to Germanyâ€™s domestic intelligence agency, there are at least 900 active Hezbollah members there.”