Skip to comments.Germany arrests 4 IS suspects planning attack on US bases
Posted on 04/15/2020 4:36:21 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
BERLIN - German authorities say police have arrested four suspected members of the Islamic State group alleged to be planning an attack on American military facilities.
Federal prosecutors said the suspects were arrested by tactical police units early Wednesday at various locations in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
They identified the men as Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K. and Sunatullokh K. - all citizens of Tajikistan. The suspects surnames werent released for privacy reasons.
The mens alleged leader, a 30-year-old Tajik man identified only as Ravsan B., has been in jail since March 2019 on unspecified charges.
Prosecutors said the men joined the Islamic State group in January 2019 and were instructed to form a cell in Germany. They reportedly first planned to carry out an attack in Tajikistan but later shifted their target to Germany, including U.S. Air Force bases in the country and a person they deemed critical of Islam.
Throughout, they are alleged to have been in contact with two high-ranking IS figures in Syria and Afghanistan.
Prosecutors said the group had already obtained firearms and ammunition to carry out their attacks, while Ravsan B. had ordered materials to build an explosive device.
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One part of the story, which hasn’t been explained much....the boss of this ‘team’ has quietly sat in a German jail for most of the past year. You would think that the ‘team’ would have packed up and disappeared...yet they stayed around.
I'm not sure what bothers me more... the entire concept of privacy for those arrested, or the state refusing to identify fully whom they arrested.
Probably the refusing to identify - that's very troubling. But in the end I'll have to go with both - transparency in whom is incarcerated should be the hallmark of any democracy. You start hiding names, you'll feel much more comfortable hiding people.
“The suspects surnames werent released for privacy reasons.”
This seems to make the concept of "wanted" posters obsolete.
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