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ISLAMIST plot to attack G20 summit thwarted as police seize weapons stash

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GERMAN police have detained one man on suspicion of planning to carry out an attack at this week’s G20 summit in Hamburg after they seized an “enormous” stash of weapons at his home. On Sunday police announced they had evidence a 30-year-old resident in

Rostock, a city on the northern coast, was plotting “significant crimes” in connection with the summit, which begins on Friday.Officers then searched two apartments in Rostock, as

well as a flat in Hohenfelde, and a garage in Bad Doberan on Saturday. Authorities found throwing knives, baseball bats, brass knuckles, telescopic batons, and precision slingshots at the homes and garage of the 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old man.There were also legal and illegal pyrotechnics with unknown, presumably flammable liquid-filled bottles and cans, as well as gas masks and a large plastic bag with numerous containers of as of yet unknown powder and chemicals. Ten fire extinguishers were also discovered – which had been filled with paint.The 26-year-old man was taken into custody but later released, while the 30-year-old man is set to be detained until July 10. Local media reported the man is part of the left-wing extremist scene.With world leaders set to arrive in the city over the coming days in time for the international summit, Hamburg is on high alert amid plans for more than 20 protests.Clashes and arrests have already taken place in the German city with several injuries being reported.Now, protesters are planning to use the city’s landscape to stop the world’s most powerful leaders meeting without disruption.Police will ban demonstrations within a 38 square kilometre zone from the airport to the conference centre where the leaders are meeting on July 7 and 8.  Nico Berg, a spokesperson for Block G20, said: “Trump and co should be able to be helicoptered into the conference centre either way.“But we will make sure that his sherpas with the paperwork, the press entourage and the lunchtime catering won’t be able to join them there.”Campaigners aim to block access in and out of the summit venue which borders the densely populated Schanzenviertel district. Security at the G20 event has been ramped up in the wake of a spate of recent terror attacks, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is hosting the summit, keen for the event to go ahead without incident.The summit will bring together Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin for the first time, while Chinese president Xi Jinping, new French leader Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May will also be in attendance..