German Soldier Arrested for Alleged Terror Plans

A German soldier has been arrested for allegedly planning a terror attack, prosecutors in the country announced Thursday. The as-yet-unnamed 28-year-old was reportedly arrested at the Bundeswehr base in Bavaria’s Hammelburg after police obtained evidence from 16 locations in three different countries—including the fact that he used an alias to falsely register as a Syrian refugee in Germany and was granted asylum. The soldier also allegedly hid an illegal, loaded weapon in a bathroom at Vienna’s airport and was briefly arrested when he returned to retrieve the gun. According to Deutsche Welle, “Investigators believe the lieutenant was motivated by a ‘xenophobic background’ to plan an attack, possibly on migrants and refugees.”