Is­lamic State sus­pects ar­rested in Ger­many

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Ger­man au­thor­i­ties ar­rested five men yes­ter­day on al­le­ga­tions they aided the Is­lamic State group 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 ar­rests were made in a se­ries of raids in the west­ern state of North RhineWest­phalia and the north­ern state of Lower Sax­ony. 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.” One of the raids was in the Lower Sax­ony city of Hildesheim, which is a known cen­ter for ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive Mus­lims known as Salafists and where a mosque was raided dur­ing the sum­mer. The prose­cu­tor’s of­fice, which han­dles all ter­ror­ism cases, said the sus­pects weren’t known to have links to IS sus­pect Jaber Al­bakr, who killed him­self in prison in October two days af­ter be­ing ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of plot­ting to at­tack a Ber­lin air­port with home­made ex­plo­sives.

The five men are sus­pected of re­cruit­ing young Mus­lims in Ger­many, and rais­ing funds to send them to Syria to join IS, pros­e­cu­tors said. They’re also ac­cused of pro­vid­ing lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port for the trips. 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 IS 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 other two sus­pects, 27-year-old Ger­man cit­i­zen Mah­moud O. and a 26-year-old from Cameroon, iden­ti­fied as Ahmed F.Y., helped with the lo­gis­tics of or­ga­niz­ing the re­cruits’ de­par­ture to Syria. “The net­work ver­i­fi­ably traf­ficked one young man and his fam­ily to the ‘IS’ in Syria,” the state­ment says. The ac­cused will be brought be­fore a judge to­day, the prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said. — AP

KARLSRUHE: A sus­pect is be­ing led to the Fed­eral Prose­cu­tor’s of­fice in Karlsruhe, Ger­many yes­ter­day. — AP

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