Eurabia Alert. “Suspected Al-Qaeda backer arrested in Germany,” from Deutsche Presse Agentur, September 13:
KARLSRUHE, German – German police have arrested a 30-year- old Turk on suspicion of recruiting fighters for the terrorist network al-Qaeda, justice officials said on Saturday.
Omer O. was detained Friday in Sindelfingen in the south of Germany on the basis on an arrest warrant issued by the federal High Court.
Officials said O. collected donations and organized equipment for Al-Qaeda terrorists on behalf of Aleem N., a Pakistan-born German resident who was arrested in February on terrorism charges.
The cash and equipment, including bullet-proof vests and a laptop, was taken by N. to the Pakistan-Afghan border between 2006-2007 and handed over to Al-Qaeda operatives, the officials said.
O. was also accused of recruiting potential fighters from among his acquaintances and introducing them to N., who provided them with letters of recommendation for al-Qaeda.
Two of these recruits left Germany for Al-Qaeda training camps, where one of them was trained in the use of explosives, according to the justice officials.
O. was also reported to have taken part in a training programme at an Al-Qaeda camp in mid-2206 [sic] after receiving a letter of recommendation from N.
N, 46, who has German citizenship, is due to appear in court shortly on six charges of supporting Islamist terrorists abroad.
He allegedly visited Al-Qaeda camps along the mountainous Pakistan- Afghan border four times between April 2005 and June 2007 to donate thousands of euros of money, binoculars, radio-communications sets and night sights.
The prosecutors said he also underwent training in one camp in the use of explosives.
N. is also believed to maintained contacts with two German converts to Islam arrested earlier this year along with a Turk on terrorism charges.
The trio, picked up the Sauerland region of Germany, are accused to making explosives intended for use against Americans living in Germany.