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Top prosecutor takes on Islamist murder plot
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Top prosecutor takes on Islamist murder plot

Published: 18 Mar 2013 15:44 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Mar 2013 15:44 GMT+01:00

Germany's top state prosecutor on Monday took control of an investigation into a suspected plot to assassinate a xenophobic politician by Islamist extremists.

Police last Wednesday foiled an attempt to murder Markus Beisicht, head of the anti-Muslim far-right Pro NRW party by arresting four suspects from across the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

Due to the politically charged nature of the case, Germany's federal prosecutors on Monday said they would be leading the probe into what they called “a homegrown terrorist group with radical-Islamist leanings.”

The regional prosecutor in Dortmund had been handling the case since the plot was uncovered last week.

The police apprehended two of the suspects in Leverkusen near Cologne, where they were apparently observing Beisicht. Two others were arrested in Essen and Bonn, where the police discovered ingredients to make explosives and a gun.

One of the arrested men was reportedly involved in a failed bomb attack at Bonn’s main train station on December 10. Although the explosive device was detonated, it did not go off.

Beisicht and Pro NRW have been involved in violent clashes with Salafists over the past year.

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16:17 March 18, 2013 by liondens
The picture above is taken in germany? Well, Germany you have a bright and beautiful future no doubt!
18:27 March 18, 2013 by Englishted
Why do you insist on calling him xenophobic?

He is without doubt islamophobic but that is not the same as xenophobic,so could you change your description please.

Unless you can prove him to be xenophobic ,can you?
09:50 March 19, 2013 by HansT
A "phobia" is an irrational fear, usually far out of proportion to any perceived threatening situation.

When attached to most sociological prefixes, such as homo-, islamo-, xeno-, blondhairedo-, et cetera, it becomes simply a means to demonize the target and implicitly deny any rational basis for their opposition to the subject and thereby closing off any real discussion.

People fearful of Islamist violence have over the last couple of decades tens of thousands of reat-life events to look to, giving them a sound rational basis for their fears.

New York, Madrid, London, Madras, and hundreds of other cities have suffered senseless violence at the hands of the exclusive, militant wing of a religion that will not tolerate anything other, and who have a centuries-long resentment and hatred of the rest of the world.

See "The Borders of Islam" , for a good take on why radical Islamists have true "Rest-of-the-World-phobia".
10:04 March 19, 2013 by Dave N
There is nothing "xenophobic" about opposing the colonisation of your country by millions of Muslims. It's just common sense. Unless people start supporting people like Markus Beisicht and Geert Wilders - who are prepared to risk their lives by telling the unpalatable truth - Europe is finished.
11:11 March 19, 2013 by liondens
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. I know that the right-wingers probably not very fond of me for being a foreigner and all, but I share their concerns and I understand why they do what they do. They don't like the same people that I don't like and that is good enough for me. Besides, I am a christian so it's only natural to protect the western civilization that is in danger. What would you do when they try to hurt your friends?
14:09 March 19, 2013 by raandy
HansT, I would agree with you. The media has put this violence directed at innocent people in our faces for 10 + years.

Calling people Islamophobic is well with in reason considering all that we have seen and in many cases experienced.

Englishted,, correct ,I do not believe he is "xenophobic" like many of us Islamophobic, two totally different things.
20:48 March 19, 2013 by liondens
Why they changed the picture above, what happened to the picture of men with beards and dresses bending over? Oh, because it's look too radical, right? That's right keep hiding it, ok?
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