5 Daesh sus­pects ar­rested in Ger­many af­ter be­ing ac­cused of re­cruit­ing, track­ing mem­bers of ter­ror­ist net­work

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BER­LIN— Ger­man au­thor­i­ties ar­rested five men Tues­day on al­le­ga­tions they aided Daesh in Ger­many by re­cruit­ing mem­bers and pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal help.

The fed­eral prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said in a state­ment that the men were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of sup­port­ing a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The coun­try’s jus­tice min­is­ter, Heiko Maas, called the ar­rests “an im­por­tant blow to the ex­trem­ist scene in Ger­many.”

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Thomas de Maiziere said it was crit­i­cal to pre­vent peo­ple from be­com­ing “so rad­i­cal­ized that they are in dan­ger of be­com­ing ter­ror­ists.

“We don’t want ter­ror­ism to take place in Ger­many,” he said. “We don’t want ter­ror­ism to be ex­ported from Ger­many.”

The prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said the sus­pects weren’t known to have links to Daesh sus­pect Jaber Al­bakr, who killed him­self in prison in Oc­to­ber af­ter be­ing ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of plot­ting to at­tack a Ber­lin air­port.

One of the sus­pects, a 32-year-old Iraqi ci­ti­zen iden­ti­fied as Ah­mad Ab­du­laziz Ab­dul­lah A., who also goes by the alias of Abu Walaa, is ac­cused of be­ing the ring­leader of the group. He openly sup­ported the Daesh group, at­tended sev­eral ex­trem­ist events as a speaker and ap­proved the de­par­ture of those willing to go to Syria, prose­cu­tors said.

His last name wasn’t pro­vided in line with Ger­man pri­vacy laws.

Two other sus­pects, iden­ti­fied as 50-year-old Turk­ish ci­ti­zen Hasan C. and 36-year-old Ger­man-Ser­bian ci­ti­zen Boban S., were in charge of teach­ing Ara­bic and “rad­i­cal Is­lamic con­tent” to re­cruits.

“The net­work ver­i­fi­ably traf­ficked one young man and his fam­ily to the ‘IS’ (Daesh) in Syria,” the state­ment said.

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