German terror suspects used teenager as smuggler

May 27, 2009 18:17


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A radical Islamic terror cell that allegedly plotted to attack US targets in Germany used a teenager to smuggle triggering devices for their bombs into the country from Turkey, an investigator testified Wednesday. The boy, who was 15 at the time and is now 17, allegedly smuggled the fuses back to Germany in a pair of shoes in the summer of 2007, federal investigator Dirk Iserlohn told the Duesseldorf state court. The boy, a German of Tunisian background, refused to testify but Iserlohn said that in statements the teenager made to authorities, he identified suspect Fritz Gelowicz as the person to whom he delivered the fuses. The boy has not been charged, and his name has not been released due to his age. Gelowicz, 29, along with Adem Yilmaz, 30, Daniel Schneider, 23, and Attila Selek, 24, are accused of planning car bomb attacks on various sites, including the US Air Force's Ramstein base.

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