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September 5, 2007

'Massive' Al-Qaeda Terrorist Plot Foiled In Germany (Updated)


Once again we see converts to Islam become terrorists. Why is this?
Prosecutors in Germany say that three suspected Islamic terrorists described as "very dangerous and highly professional" from an Al Qaeda-influenced group with "profound hatred of U.S. citizens" were arrested on suspicion of plotting imminent, massive bomb attacks on U.S. facilities in Germany. The suspects apparently were eyeing institutions and establishments frequented by Americans in Germany, including discos, pubs and airports, as well as Frankfurt International Airport and the U.S. Ramstein Air Base:
H2O2.jpg(Image - Hydrogen Peroxide seized by police)

[...] German security forces have prevented a terror attack in Germany that could have been more deadly than the Madrid and London bombings, top security officials said on Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday arrested three men who had planned simultaneous car bomb attacks against US military and civil targets, such as pubs and discos, Monika Harms, federal chief prosecutor, said at a press conference in Karlsruhe.

The men - two Germans who had converted to Islam and a Turkish national - are alleged members of 'Islamic Jihad Union', a little known terror group linked to Al Qaeda that has its roots in Uzbekistan, Ms Harms said.

The group had obtained 12 barrels of liquid weighing 730kg to be used in preparing explosives. This could have resulted in the equivalent of 550kg of TNT, Ms Harms added. "This was one of the most serious terror attacks ever planned in Germany" she said.

"There could have been a very big death toll" as the amount of explosives exceeded those used in the Madrid subway bombing and the London transport bombing in 2005, she said.

The men - who in 2006 had trained in terror camps in north Pakistan - were driven by "a hatred of US citizens", according to Jörg Ziercke, president of the BKA federal crime agency. US authorities were involved in investigations that led to the arrests, he said.

The alleged terror cell had been under surveillance since December 2006, when one member was seen spying on a US military base in Hanau near Frankfurt.

... Security officials in Berlin said the arrests may be linked to raids and arrests in Denmark on Tuesday, when, according to Danish police, eight people with alleged links to Al Qaeda were detained in order to prevent an attack.

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Cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at September 5, 2007 11:36 AM

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