German Man Accused of Al-Qaida Links Arrested

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Germany have arrested a man on charges he was part of an al-Qaida-linked cell planning to carry out an attack in Germany.

German prosecutors say anti-terror police arrested the suspect — a German — on Thursday in the western city of Bochum.

The detainee, identified as Halil S., is suspected of being part of the so-called “Duesseldorf Cell.” The group was planning an attack in Germany before three of its main members were arrested by police earlier this year.

Prosecutors say the cell's alleged leader received orders from al-Qaida in 2010 to carry out the attack.

German officials say the man arrested Thursday is suspected of pursuing the attack plans despite the arrest of the other members of the “Dusseldorf Cell.”

The officials say Halil S. is accused of obtaining false identity papers and providing financial help to the cell.

German officials say the three suspected al-Qaida members arrested in April had planned to attack a crowded place in Germany but had not yet picked a target.