Police in Germany have foiled an assassination plot by Islamic extremists to kill Markus Beisicht, leader of the far-right Pro NRW party.
Markus Beisicht's anti-Islamic political stance landed him on a fatwa with unknown enemies determined to murder him. As Digital Journal reported last May a German Islamist urged fellow Salafists to collect personal details of Pro NRW members for the purpose of attacking them, an act the Interior Minister took seriously.
According to the Local four members of a radical Salafist group were arrested on Wednesday before their plot came to fruition. Explosives and weapons were found with the intended assassins.
Focus reported "the suspects are two 23 and 24-year old Germans of Turkish origin, a 43-year-old Albanian and a 25-year-old German."
Tensions have been building between the far-right and Germany's extreme Islamists over the last year. Der Spiegel reported the anti-Muslim Pro-NRW party won the legal right to display cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad prompting violent clashes with Salafist opposed to such displays.