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Al-Qaida suspects were 'testing shrapnel bomb'

The Local · 30 Apr 2011, 12:49

Published: 30 Apr 2011 12:49 GMT+02:00

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Speaking at a press conference on Saturday morning, Rainer Griesbaum, deputy federal prosecutor, said although the group had been planning to set the bomb off in a big group of people, no specific target had been chosen.

They were, “still in the experimental phase,” he said.

Griesbaum said one of the three men arrested – named only as Abdeladim K. - had received the order to plan an attack in Germany from an important member of al-Qaida last year.

The 29-year-old from Morocco is said to have been in regular contact with the al-Qaida man, who is in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

Griesbaum identified the other two men arrested as 31-year-old Jamil S., a German-Moroccan, and 19-year-old Amid C., a German-Iranian.

He said it would seem possible that they were considering attacking some big event in the Düsseldorf area, such as the Eurovision Song Contest, which is to be held there on May 14.

Jörg Ziercke, president of the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA), said the ringleader had been in Germany since last November – illegally – in order to prepare the attack.

He had connections to Austria, Morocco and Kosovo, said Ziercke.

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Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that not only the German secret service but also the CIA and the Moroccan authorities had been involved in the three-month operation codenamed Komet, which resulted in Friday’s arrests.

The BKA had planted a Trojan virus on the computer of one of those arrested, enabling them to listen to his phone calls and watch his emails. The arrests were ordered after investigators heard the three men planning a test, shortly after having bought a variety of chemicals which could be used in a bomb.


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13:27 April 30, 2011 by euskept
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13:34 April 30, 2011 by Landmine
Lets test the bomb they were experimenting on on them! Sounds like a good idea to me...
14:23 April 30, 2011 by tallady
We have been lucky so far, thanks to the diligent efforts of Germany's BKA and other law enforcement agencies.

The fact that these people were willing to detonate a bomb as destructive as stated into a crowd of innocent people is unconscionable.

They will receive but do not deserve a fair and reasonable voyage through Germany"s justice system.
15:42 April 30, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> a shrapnel bomb

AKA a grenade?

> BKA had planted a Trojan virus

That will teach 'em to use Windows ;-)

> What? No way, it's impossible, it can't be! Islam is a religion of peace, they wouldn't hurt a fly

Unlike that other peace loving religion, Christianity, the practitioners of which would also not hurt a fly? !!
16:14 April 30, 2011 by Fatz Lewinski
> What? No way, it's impossible, it can't be! Islam is a religion of peace, they wouldn't hurt a fly

This is nothing to do with religion. This is to do with hate. There is not a single religion that has not at one time or another had zealots or worse manipulative types that take "fear of God" and turn it into a weapon.

Educate the world: Whatever created all this, isn't explicable so lets get on with enjoying life and helping others. Forget about the "God" thing and just look after your family and help others. Its so easy isn't it?
17:37 April 30, 2011 by akw
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17:41 April 30, 2011 by euskept
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17:54 April 30, 2011 by belladons
Great job BKA. Continue the great work you do. These are nothing but criminals.
21:41 April 30, 2011 by rfwilson

"---- Al-Amili (A Shia who wrote Jami-i-Abbasi. He died in 1622 CE.)"

For those who are sick of Political Correctness, I offer the following translation into ordinary English..... "He died in 1622 CE" means "He died in 1622 AD".
21:46 April 30, 2011 by psykos
ya Great job

if u people think that its becaz of teachings of Islam n war against Non Muslims, then u shud know that more tha 11,000 Civilian Muslims n 3500 Muslim Soldeirs hav been killed in Pakistan by Al Qaeda.

U people attribute WW2 crimes with Nazi party only n when it comes to Al Qaeda u blame whole 1.3 billion Muslims.

Y dont u understand it got to do with ignorance not religion.
22:14 April 30, 2011 by Landmine

Was that English? And, hmmm yeah, we blame every Muslim...
23:51 April 30, 2011 by psykos
good for u, this is what u do, blaming others for your mistakes.

You should have kept your a$$es behind Iron curtain, why did you came to Afghanistan in 80s, oh yeah, US had to take revenge of Vietnam from USSR n wanted to win WW3, Germany wanted half of its country back, EU wanted to remove iron curtain, u got all that. U created that monster by training lunatic illiterate Mullahs. Every action has its consquences. So stop whining n clear the mess u left there.

n hell yeah its English
06:03 May 1, 2011 by wenddiver
How dissapointing to Jihaddists everywhere, that you would use CIA information that may have been obtained at Gitmo by making known terrorists uncomfortable, just to save your own children. The left warns this is a slippery slope, if we start disarming militant psychos who want to kill Germany's citizens, where will it stop.

There is only one thing to be done dis-arm the Security Forces of the Demcracies and the Standard criticize the US and blame the CIA. If that doesn't work we could bring another Million Muslim assylum seekers to Germany.
10:09 May 1, 2011 by Landmine

Well, you see, we are trying to clean the mess up, but there are so many corrupt trash-talking murderous little crappy dictators in the Middle East it is going to take us a while to get through them. At least their people are now helping out now, so don't worry, it will get done one of these days...
10:55 May 1, 2011 by FredFinger
@wenddiver Well said!
12:30 May 1, 2011 by blogboy
please remeber the fact the BKA was supported by the CIA and the Moroccan authorities. This a fine example of international agencies working to together. I thank them all. The order to attack Germany as the article states came from the Afgan-Pakistan border which farther proves we need to continue our operations there.
14:22 May 1, 2011 by psykos

very true, people are overlooking the role of Moroccon authorities n just talking about those Muslims in Al Qaeda. They should get out of Islamphobia.


I will be the happiest man on that day. But plz get some info, US n west throughout the history always supported these dictators in middle east n Pakistan.
19:09 May 1, 2011 by Englishted
n what is n .I have googled it and it is a letter.

But I think you are looking for the word "and",we English use it often .

So I don't think psykos is very good at English ,back to school with you young man .
19:26 May 1, 2011 by raandy
@akw How am I suppose to sleep tonight after reading all that scary crap?
07:56 May 2, 2011 by wenddiver
All the rug sniffing and Koran reading couldn't save him. The American's popped a cap in Osama Bin Laden's Infedel fearing A$$! He is as dead as the cans of Sauer Kraut in your pantry!!!!!

Specal OP GIs took him out. A great day for the Western Democracys and everybody who believes in Freedom.

Rot in Hell Osama. God Bless the fighting men of all the Allied nations who made this possible, fighting a long hard war in Afganistan.
03:23 May 3, 2011 by Katzerina
Fatz Lewinsky....Of course it has something to do with religion... stating it does not is really a bit naieve. Does it mean all moslems are terrorists? Of course not, but of late our recent terrorists have been moslems.

I suppose it's a bit like the truism: all enzymes are proteins, but not all proteins are enzymes.
19:18 May 3, 2011 by Zlik
Just follow the the boy scouts rule. To "Be Aware" of all about and around you. Each moment is like an eternity. Not to be taken for granted. Don't ally with those who've proofed them self worthless. Oh and if you see something say something.
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