Al Qaeda figure arrested in Lebanon after German attack threats

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An alleged al Qaeda figure suspected of involvement in the 2006 attempted train bombings in Germany has been arrested in Lebanon after threatening to carry out attacks in Germany over the next three months, a Lebanese security source said.

Beirut (dpa) - An alleged al Qaeda figure suspected of involvement in the 2006 attempted train bombings in Germany has been arrested in Lebanon after threatening to carry out attacks in Germany over the next three months, a Lebanese security source said.

Mohammed Ndoub, a Syrian national, was arrested after issuing threats to the German embassy in Beirut via a public telephone. Ndoub had told the embassy he would carry out several attacks against civilian targets inside Germany in the coming three months.

The exact date of the arrest was however not immediately clear.

The attacks would be "to avenge" the suspects convicted or on trial in connection with the failed July 31, 2006, bombings of two German regional trains.

One would-be bomber Jihad Hamad was sentenced in Lebanon last month to 12 years imprisonment, while a second, Youssef al-Haj Dib, is currently on trial in Germany.

The two had placed two explosives-laden suitcases on the trains, which failed to detonate owing to technical faults.

German investigators said the planned explosions near Hamm and Koblenz would have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people and possibly been on a larger scale than the July 2005 London transport attacks.

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