Suspected al-Qaeda supporter arrested in Germany
Officials said Omer O. collected donations and organized equipment for al-Qaeda terrorists.
Karlsruhe, German -- German police have arrested a 30-year- old Turk on suspicion of recruiting fighters for the terrorist network al-Qaeda, justice officials said over the weekend.
Omer O. was detained Friday in Sindelfingen in the south of Germany on the basis on an arrest warrant issued by the federal High Court.
Officials said Omer O. collected donations and organized equipment for al-Qaeda terrorists on behalf of Aleem N., a Pakistan-born German resident who was arrested in February on terrorism charges.
The cash and equipment, including bullet-proof vests and a laptop, was taken by Aleem N. to the Pakistan-Afghan border between 2006-2007 and handed over to al-Qaeda operatives, the officials said.
Omer O. was also accused of recruiting potential fighters from among his acquaintances and introducing them to Aleem N., who provided them with letters of recommendation for al-Qaeda.
Two of these recruits left Germany for al-Qaeda training camps, where one of them was trained in the use of explosives, according to the justice officials.
Omer O. was also reported to have taken part in a training program at an al-Qaeda camp in mid-2206 after receiving a letter of recommendation from Aleem N.
Aleem N., 46, who has German citizenship, is due to appear in court shortly on six charges of supporting Islamist terrorists abroad.
He allegedly visited al-Qaeda camps along the mountainous Pakistan-Afghan border four times between April 2005 and June 2007 to donate thousands of euros of money, binoculars, radio communications sets and night vision goggles.
The prosecutors said he also underwent training in one camp in the use of explosives.
Aleem N. is also believed to have maintained contacts with two German converts to Islam arrested earlier this year along with a Turk on terrorism charges.
The trio, picked up the Sauerland region of Germany, are accused to making explosives intended for use against Americans living in Germany.
Al-Qaeda was established as a network in 1989 by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. The West has been trying to destroy it since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks