German police have arrested six alleged ISIS plotters amid fears they were planning to launch an attack on a Christmas market.
The Syrian men were arrested during raids involving 500 officers in the towns of Kassel, Hannover, Essen, and Leipzig.
There are reports they were plotting a co-ordinated attack on a Christmas market in the country's north-west using "weapons and explosives."
The six suspects were identified as Syrian citizens aged between 20 and 28 who arrived in Germany as asylum-seekers between Dec. 2014 and Sept. 2015.
Their names were withheld under strict German privacy laws.
The men, who are allegedly members of ISIS, are accused of "having prepared an attack with weapons and explosives on a public target in Germany."
Prosecutors refused to give further details, citing the ongoing investigation, but said the men had not yet finished preparing their attack.
Germany remains on high alert after a year of terror-related bloodshed in 2016.
In December last year, 12 were murdered when an ISIS fanatic plowed a lorry through Berlin's Breitscheidplatz Christmas market.
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