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German Police Arrest Terror Suspects on Flight

Two men of Somali origin in their early 20s have been arrested on a plane getting read to take off from the Cologne-Bonn airport reports the BBC.

Both men have been under surveillance for months. They were said to be "possibly planning attacks" and left suicide notes at their homes expressing their wish to die in a "holy war", said police.

The airplane was bound for Amsterdam and eventually took off after a luggage search.

Police spokesman Frank Scheulen said the suspects were "under suspicion of participating in a jihad arction and of possibly planning attacks."

Walter Roemer, a press spokesman for the airport told CNN that the arrests were "very unspectacular" and that hte federal police boarded the plane and arrested the two suspects without resistance.

In 2007 German authorities arrested three suspected militants planning attacks on American targets in Germany.