Suspects Accused of Plotting Attack on American Air Base

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's defense minister says three suspects are being held in a plot to attack an American air base and Frankfurt's international airport.

He's told German broadcaster ARD that there was an "imminent threat."

He identifies one of the targets as the U.S. Ramstein Air Base.

A German public broadcast station says two of the suspects have German citizenship and the third is from Pakistan.

It says they were picked up last night and were close to carrying out attacks.

German prosecutors say the three are believed to be members of what's described as "an Islamic-motivated terrorist organization."

Ramstein serves as a major transport hub for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the Germany-based U.S. European Command says it's been notified. He doesn't have any information on the specific nature of the alleged plot.

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