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Germany: Russian Man Charged over Alleged Extremist Bomb Plot

Germany: Russian Man Charged over Alleged Extremist Bomb Plot

Tuesday, 5 March, 2019 - 10:15
Asharq Al-Awsat
German prosecutors have charged a Russian national with plotting an extremist bombing in Germany along with an alleged accomplice who was detained in France in a separate case in 2017, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday the 31-year-old, identified only as Magomed-Ali C. because of German privacy laws and arrested in August, was charged with preparing an act of violence and preparing an explosion.

He is accused of storing the explosive TATP at his apartment in October 2016. At around that time, he and alleged accomplice Clement B. are believed to have broken off their plot and split up.

According to AP, prosecutors say that the pair was in contact with Anis Amri, the Tunisian who attacked a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, but weren't aware of his plans.

The prosecutors added that Magomed-Ali C. arrived in Germany in late 2011 and was already an extremist then, later he spent time at a now-closed radical Berlin mosque and decided to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

His plan was foiled when local police got wind of it in 2015 and Berlin's office for foreigners barred him from leaving Germany, AP reported.

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