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Germany: 2 radicals held in probe of possible attack plan

  • Seized weapons and an IS flag are on display during a news conference of the police in Goettingen, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Twelve properties were searched in a raid in Goettingen.  Police in central Germany say they have detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack.   (Swn Pfoertner/dpa via AP)

    Seized weapons and an IS flag are on display during a news conference of the police in Goettingen, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Twelve properties were searched in a raid in Goettingen. Police in central Germany say they have detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack. (Swn Pfoertner/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seized items, including a machete,  are on display during a police  news conference in Goettingen, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.   Twelve properties were searched in an operation. Police in central Germany say they have detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack.  (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)

    Seized items, including a machete, are on display during a police news conference in Goettingen, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Twelve properties were searched in an operation. Police in central Germany say they have detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police cars stand in front of apartment buildings after a raid in Goettingen, Germany, Thursday Feb. 9, 2017.  Twelve properties were searched in the operation. Police in central Germany say they have detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack.  (Stefan Rampfel/dpa via AP)

    Police cars stand in front of apartment buildings after a raid in Goettingen, Germany, Thursday Feb. 9, 2017. Twelve properties were searched in the operation. Police in central Germany say they have detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack. (Stefan Rampfel/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police in central Germany say they have detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack.

Police said the men — a 27-year-old Algerian and a 23-year-old Nigerian, whose names weren't released — were detained during searches early Thursday in and near Goettingen. They said both live in the city and have long been part of the Salafist scene there.

Twelve properties were searched in the operation. Goettingen police chief Uwe Luehrig said that information about a possible attack plan had accumulated in recent days to the extent that officials decided to take quick action.