Germany charges suspected Al-Qaeda operative
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they had charged a German-Turkish man with recruiting extremists for Al-Qaeda and preparing an explosive device for use on German soil.
The 25-year-old man, identified only as Adnan V., was charged with three counts of publishing Al-Qaeda "propaganda material" on the Internet in a bid to recruit as many people as possible for the extremist group.
V. additionally stands accused of preparing and storing equipment to make a bomb, specifically a remote-controlled fuse and a small amount of explosives.
"With the intended explosion, which never got beyond the preparation stage, he wanted to make his contribution to global 'jihad' in the Federal Republic of Germany," prosecutors charged.
Authorities arrested the man in Offenbach am Main, near Frankfurt in western Germany on October 1, 2009.
Earlier this month, Berlin relaxed additional security measures imposed late last year in response to indications of an imminent "terrorist" attack.
© 2011 AFP