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German police: Not enough proof to keep 'a suicide attack suspect' in custody

AP , Wednesday 31 May 2017
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Police in Germany say they have not found enough evidence to file charges against a 17-year-old Syrian asylum seeker taken into custody on suspicion he was planning an attack in Berlin.

Brandenburg police spokesman Torsten Herbst said Wednesday the teenager, identified as Nidal A., soon would be set free.

He was apprehended Tuesday at a home for refugees in Gerswalde, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Berlin. Authorities say he sent a WhatsApp message to his mother saying farewell and announcing he would be joining jihad, or holy war.

Herbst says A., whose last name wasn't released in line with privacy laws, was questioned for several hours. His cell phones and a tablet were confiscated and examined but authorities found no evidence he was planning a terrorist attack.

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