Berlin Police Arrest Two in Swoop Against Suspected Islamists

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  • Housing evacuated after suspect device discovered in car
  • Special forces search cultural center; forensics deployed

Berlin police evacuated housing in the south of the German capital after finding a “potentially dangerous” device in the car of two men arrested during an operation against suspected Islamist extremists.

Police special forces acting on evidence of a potential threat searched a cultural center in Charlottenburg in central Berlin on Wednesday afternoon. The two men, aged 28 and 46, were detained in the southern neighborhood of Britz as part of the operation, according to a statement posted on the Berlin police website late Wednesday.

Police found the suspect device in the men’s car and called in criminal forensics experts to examine it. The surrounding houses were evacuated as a precaution, according to the statement.

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