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Germany Charges Al-Shabab Member Somali Migrant Under Terror Laws

Policemen stand in front of a house at the Neu Zippendorf district in Schwerin, northeastern Germany, where a 19-year-old Syrian man suspected of planning an Islamist bomb attack was arrested on October 31, 2017. The man, identified only as Yamen A, was held at dawn by special forces, suspected of …
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BERLIN (AP) – German authorities have charged a Somali man who allegedly was a member of the foreign extremist group al-Shabab and is accused of attempted murder and assistance to murder.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 20-year-old, identified only as Abduqaadir A., joined the group in 2012 in Mogadishu, and was trained to use pistols and hand grenades. During his training, he accompanied other al-Shabab members to a mosque where they assassinated a person with three shots to the head.

He was later assigned to kill a Somali government employee with the help of another group member at a restaurant. There, he shot several times at the man, wounding but not killing him. He was therefore arrested by al-Shabab until he managed to flee in October 2012.

Prosecutors say the accused came to Germany in June 2014, and was arrested in February.

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