A 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy tried to blow up a Christmas market in the town of Ludwigshafen, prosecutors say.
He left a rucksack with explosives which failed to detonate in November, and put another explosive device by the town hall a few days later, they say.
But a member of the public alerted the police, and no-one was injured.
BBC writes that: The 12 year old. who is now in custody. is thought have been recently radicalised and to have links with the so-called Islamic State group.We at SDR dont think such is possible for such a young kid unless the parents where aware of it and this should be spoken out loud! Parents are the ultimate reality check on how they bring up their kids. Choices or inspirational ambitions are mostly created in an early age and especially if they are religious, the parents cant deny not knowing of it!
Focus magazine cited security and judicial sources as saying the boy was "strongly radicalised" and apparently instructed by an unknown IS member.SDR seriously asks: Unknown really ?
The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office declined to comment on a possible IS link, but confirmed officials were investigating the case.
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ublic Prosecutor Hubert Stroeber said the boy left a backpack containing a home-made nail bomb at the Christmas market in Ludwigshafen, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, on 26 November, but the device did not go off because the detonator apparently failed.
The second device near the city's town hall, placed on 5 December, was discovered by an "informant" and specialists defused it, Mr Stroeber said.
The boy was born in Ludwigshafen to Iraqi immigrant parents in 2004.
Prosecutors said no formal proceedings would be launched against him, because he is below the age of criminal responsibility. We at SDR find it strange that the parents are not found responsible if their kid learn such things at such an early age when most influences are created by parents and their friends,
Last Thursday, German police arrested again two Islamist teenagers aged 15 and 17, accused of plotting a religiously motivated terror attack on a public institution in Aschaffenburg, in north-western Bavaria.
Police found Islamic State flags and propaganda material in their homes! So lets not leave the word Islamist out of this again like they do on BBC writing about the same story.....
Germany suffered a spate of attacks in the south of the country over the summer.
Ten people were killed and dozens more injured in separate gun, bomb, axe and machete attacks.
The authorities say they were not linked, and one of them was not terror-related.
But the wave of violence has made a nation already on edge after a huge influx of refugees even more nervous.