On Monday, German detectives investigated two garages used by an Iranian man who had been detained on suspicion of plotting a deadly chemical assault.
Following a tip from American security personnel, the 32-year-old suspect and his 25-year-old brother were taken into custody on Saturday night in Castrop-Rauxel, in western Germany.
According to the authorities, the guys are suspected of plotting a significant attack driven by Islamic fanaticism, for which at least one of them allegedly wanted to acquire the very toxic chemicals ricin and cyanide.
According to prosecutors in Düsseldorf, a court in Dortmund ordered the two be held in custody until a potential indictment on Sunday night.
They may be sentenced to three to 15 years in jail if found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
On Sunday, prosecutors claimed that a preliminary examination of the elderly suspect’s residence had revealed no dangerous materials.
He utilized two garages in the backyard of a home in Castrop-Rauxel, they said on Monday.
They added that they were searching for them with the assistance of experts qualified to deal with potentially dangerous drugs.
It wasn’t yet known how far along the attack preparations were or if the suspects had chosen a particular victim.