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Police launch campaign to find terror suspect in Afghanistan

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Police launch campaign to find terror suspect in Afghanistan
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14:14 CET+01:00
Germany's federal police have taken the unusual step of putting up posters in Afghanistan warning of a German terrorism suspect thought to be hiding in a lawless tribal region, magazine Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

According to the report, red-framed posters have been placed in the capital Kabul and other Afghan cities, alerting people to the 27-year-old Muslim convert known as “Jan Sch.”, whom the poster describes as possibly “violent and armed”.

The Kazakhstan-born German from Saarland is believed to be hiding in the remote border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan and is suspected of having links to terror network Al-Qaida.

His targets could be German military bases or civilian reconstruction facilities, the report said.

The federal police (BKA) have aimed the posters at international forces in the war-torn country and have therefore put them up mostly at security checkpoints and facilities where foreigners work.

Jan Sch. is regarded by German anti-terrorism officials as part of the so-called “Sauerland group”, led by another convert, Fritz Gelowicz, who was caught along with three co-conspirators while planning a major terrorist attack in Germany in 2007.

Jan Sch. is thought to be one of several German terrorism suspects roaming around the border region of Afghanistan.

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