Germany jails Islamic extremist

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A German court jailed a 28-year-old man on Friday for belonging to a foreign "terrorist" organisation and for links to an extremist Islamic cell convicted of plotting bomb attacks in Germany.

The German citizen, identified only as Salih S., was sentenced to three years and three months behind bars, the court in Frankfurt, western Germany, said in a statement.

S. supplied the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), a group with links to Al-Qaeda fighting NATO and Pakistani forces in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, with items such as night-vision goggles in 2006-7, the court said.

He then travelled with his wife and baby daughter via Iran to the border region, where he underwent weapons and explosives training and took part in fighting, although he was mostly involved in treating the wounded.

He was arrested in Turkey in late 2008, released and re-arrested in June 2009 on a German arrest warrant and extradited this July.

The court also found that he was a friend of Adem Y. from the so-called Sauerland group, who was arrested with large amounts of explosive chemicals in 2007 and jailed in March for planning attacks on US citizens and interests.

© 2010 AFP

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