Germany arrests al Qaida suspect over bomb plot

By REUTERS
December 8, 2011 22:02

 
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BERLIN - German anti-terrorism police on Thursday arrested a 27-year-old man in the western city of Bochum suspected of links to a local al Qaida cell and of planning an attack, the Federal Prosecutor said in a statement.

The man, a German citizen named as "Halil S", is believed to have been recruited by the suspected ring-leader of the cell who was arrested in April, and of having raised money for a planned attack by fraudulent use of the online auction site ebay.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said there were no signs of specific plans nor of actual targets, and he rejected a report in the online edition of Germany's Focus magazine that the suspect planned to attack a Christmas market.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said people had not been in danger, but that the case showed Germany and Europe remained a focus of Islamist militant plots.

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