Al Qaeda suspect extradited to Germany

German suspected of being part of an Al Qaeda cell and arrested in Turkey has been extradited to Germany, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Friday. The 23-year-old German, identified only as Attila S., is suspected of planning attacks against US targets in Germany. He was arrested in the Turkish city of Konya last November.

Three other suspects were arrested in Germany in September 2007. Police accused them of planning bombings across Germany with explosives equal to the force of 550kg of TNT. The arrests were the culmination of an investigation that began more than two years ago, when US officials alerted German authorities to e-mails intercepted from Pakistan. The suspect from Turkey — a convert to Islam — will be presented to a magistrate in Karlsruhe and a trial is expected to follow, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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