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German police arrest two in Berlin suspected of planning attack

German police commando units arrested two people suspected of planning an attack and searched an Islamic cultural center on Thursday, a police spokesman said.

Police raided the cultural center in western Berlin and arrested two men aged 28 and 48 at a separate location in the south of the capital.

An object "presumed to be hazardous" was found in a car used by the two men, prompting police to block off the area and evacuate residents from several buildings, according to a police statement.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday the security threat level in Germany remained high after the Paris attacks.