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Turkish teenager who plotted to blow up gay club in Frankfurt arrested


 The intelligence source confirmed that Erkocoglu also targeted a Catholic church in Frankfurt -- the financial center of Germany.
By Benjamin Weinthal

German police in the state of Hesse arrested a teenager in September for plotting an Islamic terror attack on a gay club and church in the city of Frankfurt.

An intelligence source in Germany told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the state police "arrested a guy named Yusuf Erkocoglu, a young Turkish kid caught planning to blow up a gay club in Frankfurt."

The Post is the first publication to obtain the name of the suspect.

The intelligence source confirmed that Erkocoglu also targeted a Catholic church in Frankfurt -- the financial center of Germany. German media outlets reported that the 17-year-old suspect has both Turkish and German citizenship.

The United States Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, told the Post : "The US will always work with our German Government partners to thwart acts of terror. This case highlights the urgent need to work together."

The US government played a role in preventing Erkocoglu 's suspected attack, according to the intelligence source in Germany.

The Post reached out to the Frankfurt prosecutor's office on Thursday night but the office did not immediately respond.

Frankfurt has seen Islamic-animated terrorism targeting US soldiers. In 2011, Arid Uka, a Kosovan Albanian , told a Frankfurt court that online Islamist propaganda motivated him to murder two US soldiers at the Frankfurt airport.

Arid Uka was convicted of the murders of Nicholas J Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Zachary R Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia.

Uka shot Alden in the back of the head, according to court documents. He then shouted "Allahu Akbar" – Arabic for "God is great" – and shot Cuddeback.

The left-wing German terrorist group Red Army Faction has in the past executed lethal terrorist attacks on US military personnel.

The rise of Islamic terror networks in Germany has created new dangers for Germany, the United States and Jewish and Israeli institutions in the Federal Republic. The Islamic Republic of Iran commissioned a Pakistani man to spy on Israeli and Jewish organizations and launch an assassination plot, according to German media and prosecution documents.

A Berlin court sentenced the 31-yearold Pakistani citizen Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi to four years and three months in prison in 2017 for working for Iran’s intelligence service to spy “against Germany and another NATO member.”

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