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Germany Arrests Syrian Teen Suspected Of Planning Attack

German police said the terror suspect came to the country in 2015 and registered as an asylum-seeker. (illustrative photo)

German authorities say they have arrested a 17-year-old Syrian national suspected of planning a suicide attack in Berlin.

The arrest took place in the Uckermark district northeast of Berlin, said Karl-Heinz Schroeter, the interior minister of the state of Brandenburg.

Police said the suspect, whose name wasn't released, came to Germany in 2015 and registered as an asylum-seeker. The teenager has been living in a home for young refugees in Uckermark since 2016.

There was no immediate information about the alleged plot.

In December, a Tunisian citizen drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people. The attacker, Anis Amri, was later shot dead by police in Italy.

The extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Based on reporting by dpa, Reuters, and AP