Germany to deport two terror suspects born in the country

Germany to deport two terror suspects born in the country

The case is a historical first for Germany

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In a historic first, Germany is to deport two men who were born in the country to foreign parents, on suspicion of terrorism.

The news broke as the world continues to reel from the attacks in London, in which a lone terrorist killed four people and injured 40.

Germany has been on alert for terrorism ever since a man killed 12 people with a truck in a packed Berlin Christmas market in December.

In February, two men - a 22-year-old Nigerian and a 27-year-old Algerian - were arrested in police raids on suspicion of plotting to commit a terror attack. 

A firearm and a flag of Islamic State were reportedly found in the raids in the city of Göttingen.

Despite the police saying the men were "dangerous", they have not been charged with any offences because police could not categorically establish that they were planning an attack.

However the two men will be deported by mid-April, and will not be allowed to re-enter Germany for the rest of their lives. 

It is unclear whether the two men will appeal this ruling.