BERLIN – Records of conversations held between three terror suspects who were detained in Germany last September revealed a plot to attack the Israeli embassy in Berlin, among other targets.
A report to be published Monday by the German magazine Focus says a Turk and two German Muslims planned to carry out the attack on September 11 and considered a number of targets, including the Israeli embassy.
"If we succeed in carrying out (the attack) on 9/11, at the same exact hour…they will go mad if, inshallah, it will happen during the same month – September," 28-year-old Adam Yalmaz is quoted as saying.
His partner, Rritz Glovitch, the son of doctor from southern Germany, is heard saying "we need three major targets." Among the possible targets mentioned in the conversation were local pubs, an American military base, discotheques, McDonald's restaurants, airports and the Israeli embassy.
According to the report, Yalmaz wanted to create panic by activating a fire alarm in a crowded area, at which point Glovitch was supposed to drive a car bomb into the crowd and set it off.
The third suspect named was Daniel Schneider.
"It's a good tactic–the moment they come out, we can enter and then–boom," Yalmaz said.
"Yes, that would be cool," Glovitch responded. "Most of the people will die from the shrapnel."
The tapes of the conversations also provide a possible explanation for the suspects' motives. They apparently planned to target not only the US, but also Germany for its involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
Word of the terror suspects' arrest reached Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President George Bush during the G-8 summit in northern Germany.
It is not yet clear whether the suspects were linked to al-Qaeda or acted independently.