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German police arrest two men over alleged plot to attack shopping centre


Two brothers detained in Oberhausen on suspicion of planning attack on CentrO, one of Germanys largest shopping centres, in run-up to Christmas

German authorities have arrested two brothers on suspicion of planning an attack on one of the countrys biggest shopping centres, in the western city of Oberhausen, police said on Friday.

The two men, aged 28 and 31, are originally from Kosovo, police said, four days after a man drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.

It was not clear if there was any connection with the attack on Berlins Breitscheidplatz.

Special forces arrested the two men in the city of Duisburg after information provided by security sources, police said.

Investigators were trying to establish what stage of preparation the plot was at and whether others were involved, police in the nearby city of Essen said in a statement.

Tipped off by the intelligence services, police were sent to the shopping mall and a nearby Christmas market late on Thursday, they said.

The mall that was targeted, CentrO, is one of the largest in Germany, with around 250 shops that are usually packed in the run-up to Christmas.

It is located in an old steelworks in Oberhausen in the former industrial heartland of the Ruhr valley.

Police are still hunting for a 24-year-old Tunisian, Anis Amri, the man suspected of carrying out Mondays attack on one of the capitals most popular Christmas markets.

Isis has claimed responsibility for the assault, which would be their deadliest yet carried out on German soil.

Agence France-Presse and Reuters contributed to this report.

Originally found athttp://www.theguardian.com/us