5 November 2010
German police arrested a man on Friday over videos published on the Internet threatening bomb attacks unless an Islamist jailed earlier this year is released, authorities said.
Last month, three videos appeared on the Internet calling for Daniel Schneider to be released or sent to Afghanistan by the end of November. If not, the videos warned of bomb attacks in Germany.
A German convert to Islam, Schneider was one of four members of the so-called Sauerland cell jailed in March for a thwarted plot to attack US soldiers and civilians in Germany.
German federal police arrested two men Tuesday, Nov. 25, for operating a radical Islamist website and they are likely to face charges of supporting terrorism, prosecutors said. The German-language website, GIMF, which stands for Global Islamic Media Front, contained videos from al-Qaeda, Mesopotamian al-Qaeda and the radical group Ansar al-Islam. It also contained two videos made in Germany demanding the withdrawal of German and Austrian troops from Afghanistan, the prosecutor-general’s office in Karlsruhe said. The suspects, aged 23 and 26, were both German nationals. A third German, 19, who was already in custody on another matter was also suspected of involvement in running the site. Police arrested the two men men Tuesday in the German towns of Biberach and Schlangen on warrants issued last week. A further five persons were under suspicion after 12 premises were searched during the day. Explaining why managing a Web site was considered to be terrorism, the prosecutors said it spread propaganda.
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