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German Prosecutors Question Six Attack Suspects

German prosecutors said on Friday they were questioning six Muslims suspected of planning an attack in Germany to coincide with the start of the U.S.-led war against Iraq. The six were being held on suspicion of forming an “Islamist terrorist association” with the aim of recruiting Arab students and planning bomb attacks in Germany, federal prosecutors said. The prosecutors would later decide whether to present the suspects to a judge who would rule on whether they could remain in detention, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors said. Prosecutors said on Thursday that Berlin police had seized five suspected Islamists after raids on six buildings in the German capital, including the Al-Nur mosque and offices of the Islamic Community in Berlin. The prosecutors said the raids aimed to find evidence on links between the group’s members and on attack plans, and to thwart a possible strike, perhaps timed to coincide with the launch of the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq. Germany warned earlier this month that the country could be a target for Islamic militant groups such as al Qaeda even though it opposes the U.S.-led war on Iraq. Despite its vocal opposition to the Iraq war, Germany has supported Washington’s hunt for Islamic extremists since the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities. Full Story

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