Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

10 Sought in German Bomb Plot

BERLIN -- German authorities searched Thursday for supporters of three Islamic militants suspected of plotting bomb attacks against Americans, while their arrest fanned a debate over whether police need the power to snoop on terror suspects' computers.

Authorities believe "some 10" further suspects helped the two German converts and a Turkish citizen who were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of plotting attacks on U.S. and other facilities here, August Hanning, a top security official, told ARD broadcaster.

"This is the network that we are aware of at the moment," Hanning said, adding that authorities believe the terror cell -- which he said included more converted Germans and citizens of Turkey and other countries -- no longer posed a direct security threat.

The elite GSG-9 anti-terrorism force swept down on the suspects' rented cottage in the small town of Oberschledorn in central Germany after months of police surveillance. They had military-style detonators and enough material to make bombs more powerful than those that killed 191 people in Madrid in 2004 and 52 commuters in London two years ago, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors have declined to name specific targets, mentioning restaurants, bars, nightclubs, airports and other places frequented by Americans.

Some officials seized on the case to argue for a controversial proposal to let police search suspected terrorists' computer hard drives over the Internet.