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German-Pakistani Qaeda helper jailed

world Updated: Jul 13, 2009 18:48 IST

A German court jailed for eight years a German man of Pakistani origin on Monday for helping to fund and supply Al-Qaeda in Pakistan’s northwest frontier region.

The 47-year-old, identified only as Aleem N, was arrested in February 2008 and charged with giving 27,000 euros (38,000 dollars) as well as materials including night-vision equipment to the group.

The court in Koblenz found him guilty of belonging to a foreign terrorist organisation, receiving explosives training at an extremist camp and of helping recruit volunteers to go to Pakistan.

Germany, which opposed the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, has around 3,700 troops in Afghanistan under NATO command. It has beefed up security in response to the threat of attacks by Islamic extremists.