German police detain alleged IS member

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Posted: Aug 09, 2016 1:07 PM

BERLIN (AP) — A German special police unit has detained an alleged member of the Islamic State group in the southwestern town of Mutterstadt.

The German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that the 24-year-old asylum seeker, whose identity was not given, was detained after a tip from a prison inmate in the western city of Gelsenkirchen.

Dpa reported the information about the suspect came in connection with alleged threats against the German Bundesliga soccer league. It did not elaborate further, but said there was no imminent threat.

A spokesman for the interior ministry of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia told dpa that initial reports that the suspect was a high-ranking member of IS could not be confirmed.