Police in Frankfurt ordered the cancellation of a professional cycling race hours before it was set to begin on Friday, over fears of an imminent Islamist terror attack.
A married couple living nearby were arrested overnight, after police found a pipe bomb, assault rifle and ammunition for a bazooka inside their home.
The arrested couple have been identified only as Halil D, 35, and Senay D, 34, under strict German privacy laws.
Halil D, a German citizen of Turkish origin is known to have ties to Islamist extremist groups, according to the police.
His wife is believed to be a Turkish citizen.
The couple’s home was raided after Halil D was spotted hanging around car parks and repeatedly walking the route of the annual Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop race where it runs through woodland.
Police said they had no concrete evidence of a direct threat to the race, but ordered it to be called off as a precautionary measure.
Some 200 police officers searched the route of the race on Thursday.
Over 100 rounds of assault rifle ammunition and bomb-making ingredients were also found in the couple’s home.
Police said it was unclear whether they were acting alone or part of a wider network.
“The accused had ties to the extremist scene in the Rhine-Main area,” Albrecht Schreiber, the head of the Frankfurt prosecutors’ office, told reporters.
Citing unnamed sources close to the investigation, *Welt* newspaper claimed Halil D has links to the Algerian-based group al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)….