New York Man Arrested for Planning Attack on New Year’s Eve
The U.S. Justice Department says authorities have arrested a New York state resident accused of planning to kill civilians on New Year's Eve in the name of the Islamic State group.
A statement during an initial court appearance Thursday morning says Emanuel Lutchman, 25, was charged with attempting to provide material support to IS. He was described in court records as a "self-professed Muslim convert with a criminal history dating back to approximately 2006 . . . as well as previous state mental hygiene arrests."
The statement said, "the defendant, claiming to receive direction from an overseas [Islamic State] member, planned to commit an armed attack against civilians at a restaurant/bar located in the Rochester, New York, area." Court records said Lutchman had armed himself with knives, a machete, duct tape, zip ties and ski masks.
Munich Lifts Terror Alert After Tense Night
German police lifted a terrorism alert in the Bavarian city of Munich, hours after evacuating two train stations in the face of a New Year's Eve suicide bomb threat.
Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters Friday that officials had taken precautions because of a "very concrete" tip that suicide attacks were planned for the city's train stations at midnight, at the height of Munich's New Year's celebrations.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said a friendly foreign intelligence service had given them word that between five and seven Islamic State militants were planning the attacks.
Munich's main train station and a suburban station in the western borough of Pasing were closed for about four hours, from shortly before midnight until about 3:30 a.m. New Year's Day. The re-opening allowed morning trains to depart on schedule Friday.
Despite the precautions, thousands of people celebrated the evening in the streets of Munich without incident.