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Failed German terror attack had its roots in Pak, UK

Police say investigations show that men who plotted the aborted terrorist attack in Germany had direct links with Pakistan and UK, reports Vijay Dutt.
Hindustan Times | By Vijay Dutt, London
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2007 02:56 AM IST

Investigations have shown that the men who plotted the aborted terrorist attack in Germany earlier this month had direct links with Pakistan and Britain, said sources in the Federal German police. A key suspect is said to be still at large in Britain.

The fact that the fugitive chose to escape to Britain suggests the group has a network in this country. British and other European intelligence services are now worried about the possibility of further attacks. MI5’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which monitors terrorist threats, said that Britain still faces a “severe” level of threat.

It is estimated that there are at least 3000 known suspects in Britain including many sleeper suicide bombers. “ A call from anywhere, including Pakistan or cells elsewhere in Europe could trigger catastrophe,” said Paul Beaver, counter terrorism expert.

The terrorists in Germany had intended to ram a car full of explosives into a US airbase and Frankfurt Airport. All the men detained so far for the attacks are members of the Islamic Jihad Union, which has strong links with Al- Qaeda.

Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s interior minister, also revealed that the three arrested men had acquired detonators that originated from Syria and had received direct orders to act from operatives in Pakistan.

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