German terror suspect held in Afghanistan: ministry

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A German man suspected of belonging to a Hamburg-based terror cell has been detained by US forces in Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

A ministry spokesman refused to comment further but Berlin-based daily newspaper TAZ claimed the man was part of a group in the northern German city that reunited in March 2009 to train at a camp on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

The cell used a central Hamburg mosque as a meeting point before German authorities closed it down last month, saying that extremists were being recruited there for a Jihadist, or holy, war.

Also part of this group is dual German-Syrian citizen Rami M. who is suspected of belonging to terror group the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

He was arrested in June in Pakistan and extradited to Germany last week, TAZ said, citing security sources in the article which appears Thursday.

© 2010 AFP

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