UK jet bombers had links to Germany: report

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14 August 2006, BERLIN - The group of young Asian men arrested in Britain over the airliner bomb plot "apparently" had links to Germany too, according to a top Interior Ministry official on Saturday. August Hanning, a state secretary at the ministry who was formerly head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service, told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag: "Apparently the suspects had a few contacts with Germany. We are checking the contacts out. "However Germany was not directly affected by the bomb plans." T

14 August 2006

BERLIN - The group of young Asian men arrested in Britain over the airliner bomb plot "apparently" had links to Germany too, according to a top Interior Ministry official on Saturday.

August Hanning, a state secretary at the ministry who was formerly head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service, told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag: "Apparently the suspects had a few contacts with Germany. We are checking the contacts out.

"However Germany was not directly affected by the bomb plans."

The newspaper released the interview before publication Saturday.

A German weekly news magazine, Focus, meanwhile reported that one of those arrested this week had had contacts with Nese Bahaji, the wife of Said Bahaji, who is still wanted worldwide as a suspected plotter of the September 11, 2001 suicide attacks.

He had shared an apartment with some of the Hamburg students killed in those attacks and vanished from Germany in September 2001.

Hanning rejected criticism voiced towards the British intelligence services this week by Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein.

"Obviously we sympathize with the fact that not all the most sensitive details can be passed on during a running operation. After all, they haven't caught all the suspects yet," said Hanning.

Beckstein had told the German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag that he wished Britain had offered precise data "much sooner."

DPA

Subject: German news

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