(Bloomberg) — Three men charged with plotting terrorist attacks targeted U.S. facilities in German cities including Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart, German prosecutors said.
“Their plan was to attack U.S. citizens and U.S. facilities in Germany by placing bombs and taking as many lives as possible,” the German Federal Prosecutor said in a statement today.
The attacks were foiled when the men, identified only as Fritz Martin G., Adem Y. and Daniel Martin S. were arrested a year ago. They were charged earlier this week. The Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf will now decide whether the three should stand trial.
German authorities said last September that the arrest foiled what may have been the worst terrorist attack on German soil. Police seized hydrogen peroxide-based liquid explosives with more power than the bombs used in the Madrid bombings of March 2004 or the London bombings of July 2005.
The three men are members of the terrorist group “Islamic Jihad Union” and were trained in the group’s camps in Pakistan [our “ally”] where they decided to “take the Jihad to Germany,” according to the prosecutor. A fourth suspect was arrested in November in Turkey.
The group planned to place bombs at restaurants, pubs, discos and airports, including the U.S. Airbase in Ramstein, Germany, according to the statement. The attacks were to take place in October 2007, when German legislators were scheduled to vote on keeping German troops to Afghanistan.
The “Islamic Jihad Union” is a Sunni group that has contacts to the al-Qaeda network, the prosecutor said. Fritz Martin G.,29, and Daniel Martin S., 22, are German nationals. Adem Y., 29, is a Turkish citizen.