German federal prosecutors said on Wednesday that they were investigating alleged members of the Daesh terrorist group suspected of carrying out a series of acid attacks and arson attacks on Turkish shops and mosques and planning assassinations with pistols and explosives.
The suspect, who is only referred to as Muharrem D., faces charges of attempted murder of 27 people with arson, and seriously injured six people, and plans “serious acts of violence that endanger the country.”
Starting in mid-April, Muharrem is believed to have committed a series of violent crimes against Turkish-owned businesses and a mosque in Waldkraiburg, a small town near the German border with Austria.
Investigators said he also secured the pistol with ammunition and “a large amount” of bomb-making equipment for the planned attacks on nearby mosques, the Turkish consulate in Munich and a large mosque in the city of western Cologne.
He produced 23 pipe bombs and 34 kilograms (75 pounds) of explosives.
Investigators said in a statement that German citizen Muharrem “underwent a process of radicalization from 2017 onwards” and then he understood Daesh’s ideology while becoming a member of a terrorist group.
The Turkish operation in northern Syria is a terrorist excuse for “eternal hatred of the Turkish state and people of Turkish origin,” the prosecutor said, adding that he aimed “to produce a spiral of violence and retaliation” with his attacks.
Men with links to Daesh have carried out several violent attacks in Germany in recent years, with the worst attack on the Berlin Christmas market in December 2016 which killed 12 people.
Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize Daesh as a terror group in 2013, soon after it emerged. The country has since been attacked by Daesh terrorists many times, including 10 suicide bombings, seven bombings and four armed attacks that have killed 315 people and injured hundreds more.
In response, Turkey launched military and police operations at home and abroad to prevent further terrorist attacks.
The Daesh terrorist group held large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq from its rise in 2014 to its military defeat last year.
Daesh’s expansion in Iraq and Syria shows horrific public violations. The least visible but equally horrifying is the widespread detention and kidnapping of terrorist organizations, where thousands of people were taken from their homes and cars and at checkpoints and then disappeared. Terrorist organizations also often film members executing people who have been abducted or detained. Daesh systematically carried out torture, rape, forced marriages, extreme acts of ethnic cleansing, mass murder, genocide, robbery, extortion, smuggling, slavery, abduction, and the use of child soldiers.