Police have arrested a married couple on Thursday morning over allegations of the two planning a possible bomb attack at the Eschborn to Frankfurt bicycle race on May 1.
Stefan Mueller, police chief of Western Hesse spoke during a press conference held at the police headquarters in Wiesbaden and said “According to what we know at the moment, we can say that we have prevented an attack.”
Mueller also confirmed that the couple arrested in Oberursel near Frankfurt is 35-year-old Halil D., Turkish descent German citizen and his 34-year-old wife Senay D.
Mueller also outlined that the couple has been under surveillance for weeks now and a series of events have resulted in the arrest of the couple.
“The suspects purchased hydrogen peroxide from a construction equipment store late last month. And the man was recently seen walking along the route of a bicycle race,” said Mueller.
During the search conducted at the house, police seized hydrogen peroxide, parts of a rifle and ammunition and a functional homemade pipe bomb.
The Eschborn to Frankfurt race is a one-day event, with around 200 professional riders competing and attracting thousands of spectators to the event held on Labour Day, a public holiday.