German police foil planned Salafist attack near Frankfurt - report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Police in southern Germany have prevented a planned attack by Salafist Islamist extremists, a German newspaper reported on Thursday, adding that two suspects had been arrested overnight after weapons and explosives were found in their home.

Police said they could not confirm the report on the website of Die Welt newspaper of the operation in the town of Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital, but they said a news conference was scheduled for 4.30 p.m. (1430 GMT).

Die Welt identified the two people arrested as a married couple, Halil and Senay D. The paper said they had been under police observation after raising suspicion by buying large quantities of chemicals and using false names.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan and Andreas Framke; Writing by Stephen Brown in Berlin)