The 17-year-old Austrian terror suspect, accused of planning to detonate a bomb in the capital city Vienna, has told authorities he intends to make a comprehensive statement, local media reported on Wednesday.

ORF, Austria’s largest media provider, said the teenager, currently held in a Vienna jail after his arrest on Friday, has agreed to cooperate with law enforcement authorities, with a scheduled questioning to take place on Monday.

Austrian authorities claim the suspect continues to deny the allegations of having intended to detonate a bomb in Vienna, and to have conducted test explosions in Germany.

He, however, has admitted he was in contact with a 21-year-old suspect also arrested in connection with the case by German authorities in the city of Neuss.

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The two had become acquainted on Islamist Internet forums.

The defense lawyer of the 17-year-old, Wolfgang Blaschitz, told the Austria Press Agency Wednesday that the two had set off firecrackers and constructed a smoke bomb, but “nothing that could come close to a threat”.

While he acknowledges the youth was involved in radical Islamist circles, and looked up to a known radical preacher based in Vienna, he argued that there are no indications of any concrete acts that were planned. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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