German investigators said Thursday that they foiled a “Nazi terror attack” in a school, after arresting a 16-year-old suspect.
An overnight search of the suspect’s apartment yielded bomb-making materials and large amounts of right-wing extremist, antisemitic and anti-Muslim writings in the teen’s possession, North Rhine-Westphalia state minister Herbert Reul told a press conference. Essen police said they also found spears and other sharp weapons.
“The police prevented a nightmare,” Reul told reporters.
Reul said officers did not find any detonators at the teen’s apartment, noting that the materials found were “functional but not yet ready for use.”
The suspect was allegedly planning to target the Don-Bosco-Gymnasium, the school he currently attends, or another local school he previously attended, the Realschule am Schloss Borbeck, police said.
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