Iraqis detained in dawn raidsfor links to Kurdish terrorists

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14 June 2005, KARLSRUHE - Federal agents staged pre-dawn raids on a score of homes and buildings across Germany on Tuesday, rounding up three Iraqi nationals on suspicion of links to the outlawed Ansar al Islam Kurdish guerrilla group.

14 June 2005

KARLSRUHE - Federal agents staged pre-dawn raids on a score of homes and buildings across Germany on Tuesday, rounding up three Iraqi nationals on suspicion of links to the outlawed Ansar al Islam Kurdish guerrilla group.

The three face criminal charges of raising money and serving as couriers for a terrorist group. Another 11 suspects were detained briefly but later released after questioning.

Chief Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm said the raids were carried out in eight cities, including Nuremberg, Munich and Stuttgart. One site in Basel, Switzerland, was also searched, the prosecutor's office said.

The three men were identified only as 39-year-old Dieman A.I. from Nuremberg, 33-year-old Kawa H. from Munich and 43-year-old Najat O. from Buehl.

They stand accused of having funnelled money to the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam, parent organisation to Ansar al-Sunna operating in Iraq.

Ansar al-Sunna has claimed responsibility for decapitating 12 Nepalese workers in Iraq and bombing a United States military mess tent in Mosul that killed 22 people.

Nehm's office said there was no evidence that the suspects were planning any attacks in Germany, but the al Qaeda-linked group has been waging guerrilla and terrorist attacks in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein.

DPA

Subject: German news

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