Man with al-Qaeda links connected to train plot

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6 April 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - Fresh details emerged Thursday about an Islamist attempt last year to blow up two German trains, with a claim that there may have been a third plotter with al-Qaeda links. Previously it was thought the July 31 plot, which failed when the bombs did not explode, was a "freelance" attack by two Lebanese students who were arrested soon after. The news magazine Der Spiegel said it would appear Saturday with a report that the two set the bombs as an initiation test for Khaled Ibrahi

6 April 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - Fresh details emerged Thursday about an Islamist attempt last year to blow up two German trains, with a claim that there may have been a third plotter with al-Qaeda links.

Previously it was thought the July 31 plot, which failed when the bombs did not explode, was a "freelance" attack by two Lebanese students who were arrested soon after.

The news magazine Der Spiegel said it would appear Saturday with a report that the two set the bombs as an initiation test for Khaled Ibrahim al-Hajdib, the Sweden-based brother of one of the accused.

One of the men, Jihad Hamad, goes on trial in Beirut next week. The other, Youssef al-Hajdib, is in custody in Germany and likely to be indicted this summer.

The magazine said Youssef al-Hajdib used the term "initiation test" in an e-mail. Both students had hoped to go to Iraq to fight.

Spiegel said Swedish investigators believe Ibrahim was recruiting fighters for Iraq and fund-raising. German prosecutors believed he might have known of the plot or have even commissioned it.

It said had been arrested in Lebanon, where "sources" linked him to al-Qaeda. Spiegel said Ibrahim had prepared a will, found in his younger brother's German lodgings, in which he termed himself a mujahid, or jihad warrior.

Spiegel said Hamad had said in a jail interview that the plot had been a mistake and he thanked God the bombs had not exploded.

DPA

Subject: German news

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