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Terror charges against two men in Germany: prosecutors

world Updated: Mar 18, 2009 18:17 IST
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German federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they have brought terror charges against two people with alleged links to a man arrested over a plot to blow up US targets in 2007.

Omid S, a 27-year-old German of Afghan origin and 27-year-old Huseyin O, a 27-year-old Turkish national have been charged with offences including supporting a foreign terrorist organisation. Both were arrested in September.

Both are accused of having ties to Adem Yilmaz, one of three men arrested in September 2007 for allegedly planning to use chemicals to attack installations such as US military bases in Germany and sites popular with US citizens.

Omid S told Yilmaz in December 2006 that he was ready to "promote the aims" of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) and was trained in the Afghan-Pakistan border region, prosecutors said in a statement.

He also procured equipment for the IJU such as night vision goggles and a GPS device that he sent to a member of the group in Iran, as well as a stolen laptop.

Huseyin O is also accused of obtaining equipment for the IJU and was arrested on the Pakistan-Iran border on the way to a training camp in 2007 and extradited to Turkey.