Three Germans charged with 'terror' links: prosecutor

25th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Germany's federal prosecutor said Wednesday it had charged three German citizens with supporting groups linked to Al-Qaeda, including the wife of a man convicted in March of a thwarted car bomb plot.

The trio, identified only as 21-year-old Alican T., 28-year-old Filiz G. and 31-year-old Fatih K., allegedly supplied cash for the organisations and campaigned for Jihad, or holy war, on the Internet.

They were charged with "supporting the foreign terrorist groups German Taliban Mujahideen and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU)", an extremist organisation linked to Al-Qaeda, prosecutors said in a statement.

Two of them are in custody, while authorities are searching for the 31-year-old.

The 28-year-old suspect is the wife of a German convert to Islam, Fritz Gelowicz, who was sentenced to 12 years in jail for what was described the biggest terror plot in German post-war history.

Gelowicz was a member of a four-man IJU cell that planned to murder US soldiers and citizens in Germany with a series of car bombings.

Authorities caught the men red-handed, as they were mixing chemicals to make some 410 kilogrammes (900 pounds) of explosives, 100 times the amount used in the 2005 London bombings that killed more than 50 people.

© 2010 AFP

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