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US citizen charged for helping Al-Qaeda

Christopher Paul is alleged to have provided training to terrorist groups since 1989.

world Updated: Apr 16, 2007 12:03 IST

A 43-year-old American has been charged with supporting terrorist group Al-Qaeda and helping plan attacks against targets in Europe and elsewhere, the US Justice Department said.

Christopher Paul, from the US state of Ohio, is alleged to have provided training and "material support" to terrorist groups since 1989, including travelling to Germany to train cells in using explosives, said the Justice Department on Thursday.

According to the charges filed in US District Court in Columbus, Ohio, Paul trained with Al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 1990 and 1991. He then returned to the US and provided support for terrorist cells overseas.

In 1999 he travelled to Germany to help groups plotting attacks in Europe and other regions.

Paul was arrested and indicted on three counts, the Justice Department statement said. The charges include conspiring to, and providing material support and resources to terrorists, as well as conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The arrest followed a four-year investigation, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.