The following article about a foiled Islamic terror attack on a German Christmas market was published before Christmas in the Dutch media. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this piece from De Telegraaf:
Man (29) wanted to drive into the crowd with a vehicle
ISIS Attack on German Christmas market foiled
KARLSRUHE — The German police arrested a 29-year-old man on Wednesday who planned to attack the Christmas market in Karlsruhe with a vehicle. The man has ties with the Islamic State. This was reported by German media.
According to the German police, the man, Dasbar W., was considering driving a car or truck into people at the ice rink on the Karlsruher Schlossplatz. In order to achieve his goal, he applied several times for the position of driver at various delivery companies.
The suspect was arrested in Karlruhe by an arrest team. His home has been searched. What is found there is not clear. It is known that the man made propaganda videos for the Islamic State. He often shared these on various internet sites. He also distributed propaganda material in a chat group.
W. traveled to Iraq several times in 2015 and 2016. There he joined ISIS and was trained in the use of firearms. The man will be brought before the court on Thursday.
The security check on Christmas markets in Germany has intensified after the bloody attack in December of last year at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing twelve people.