| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Germany arrests 7 suspected members of Islamist terror group

On Thursday, the German Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of seven men in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia on terrorism charges. Prosecutors believe that the suspects established a terrorist group within Germany and provided support to the terrorist organization known as the “Islamic State” (IS).
The Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe said one was from Turkmenistan, one from Kyrgyzstan and five from Tajikistan. They suspects had entered Germany shortly after the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine in 2022.

According to prosecutors, the suspects’ aim was to carry out “high-profile attacks in Germany” and had already scouted out targets and tried to procure weapons.

Six out of the seven men were “collecting money for IS since April 2022,” prosecutors said, adding that the suspects had “repeatedly” sent funds to the terror group abroad.

In May, German police carried out raids on an alleged IS financing network, arresting four in North Rhine Westphalia and three in other states.

Acts committed by members or supporters of IS who are German citizens, residents or active in the country have been subject to prosecution under the criminal code since early 2014.

Police in the Netherlands also arrested two people, a man from Tajikistan and his wife, on related terrorism suspicions.

The two suspects in the Netherlands were “in contact with several persons residing in Germany,” said a statement from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service.

“The police investigation has led to the suspicion that the man is a member of IS and that he was given the order to plot a terrorist attack,” the statement said.

“Although the plans were not yet concrete, they were serious enough for the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service to intervene,” it added.

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