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Germans Seek 7 More Terrorists In Bomb Plot

From their fans at the Associated Press:

German terror suspects may have been part of much larger network, official says


BERLIN — Three Islamic terror suspects arrested on suspicion of planning massive bombings in Germany may have been part of a larger network involving up to 50 people, an official said Saturday.

The three, arrested Tuesday in a raid on a vacation residence in central Germany, had allegedly stockpiled enough hydrogen peroxide to build bombs more powerful than those that killed 191 commuters in Madrid in 2004 and 52 in London in 2005. Officials said all three attended terror training camps in Pakistan last year.

German authorities believe two German converts and a Turk were only the leading tip of the planning, said Petra Kneuer, spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.

She said authorities were investigating seven more suspects inside and outside Germany as part of what could be a larger network, and that reports that about 50 people may be involved are “not unrealistic.”

The two German suspects have been identified as Fritz Martin Gelowicz, 28, described as the leader of an Islamic Jihad Union terror cell in Germany, and Daniel Martin Schneider, 22. The third man has been identified as Adem Yilmaz, 29, born in Turkey but living in Germany.

Last New Year’s Eve, one of the suspects was spotted studying a U.S. Army base at Hanau, near Frankfurt, and security officials say he may have been scouting it as a target.

Prosecutors have said potential targets might have included restaurants, pubs, discotheques, airports and other places frequented by Americans…

The three suspects allegedly belonged to the Islamic Jihad Union, an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has origins in that Central Asian country. The union is marked by “profound hatred” of U.S. citizens, officials said…

German politicians called Saturday on Islamic groups and communities in Germany to step up their commitment to the fight against terrorism. Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said Muslims should report potentially violent extremists to authorities.

I am certain that the peace-loving Muslims in our country want to keep violent radicals from discrediting their faith community,” Zypries was quoted as saying by the weekly Bild am Sonntag.

It’s nice to see that Ms. Zypries hasn’t lost her sense of humor.

This report from France’s AFP add some other interesting details:

German plotters ordered to strike by mid-September says report

September 9, 2007

BERLIN —  Three suspected Islamists, arrested in Germany on suspicion of plotting to bomb US targets, had received orders from a contact in Pakistan to strike by mid-September, Der Spiegel magazine reported Sunday.

The weekly said the suspected plot leader, a German convert to Islam called Fritz Gelowicz, had received a phone call from a member of the Islamic Jihad Union, a radical group linked to Al Qaeda in northern Pakistan, at the end of August.

The man, whom Gelowicz reportedly called “chief,” gave the three-man cell in Germany a two-week deadline to carry out an attack, the magazine said.

The call, as well as a slip of the tongue by a small-town policeman, prompted German security forces, who had been watching the three men for months, to storm their hideaway in southwestern Germany, and arrest them Tuesday…

Investigators waited as long as possible before arresting the suspects, because they wanted to gather as much evidence against them as possible, Der Spiegel said.

However, matters were brought to a head by the phone call from Pakistan, and by an incident Monday when local police stopped the three men because they were driving with a broken headlight.

The police scanned their identity documents, and one of the officers exclaimed that the computer showed they were on the federal police’s watch list.

He said it so loudly that federal police heard it over a listening device they had planted in the suspects’ car, and they then decided they had to act.

German authorities have said they are looking for seven accomplices who may have helped to plan or finance the alleged plot.

“We are investigating 10 people, including the three who have been arrested, not more,” the federal prosecutor’s spokeswoman said…

But notice how quickly this story has faded from the headlines of our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 9th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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