Germany arrests 2 suspected Islamic extremists

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Posted: Feb 23, 2011 9:29 AM
Germany arrests 2 suspected Islamic extremists

German prosecutors say authorities have arrested two Germans suspected of involvement with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a terrorist group suspected of links to al-Qaida.

Prosecutors said the pair, identified only as 24-year-old Omer C. and 28-year-old Turgay C., were detained Tuesday.

Prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday that Omer C. is suspected of joining the group in September 2009 while training at an unidentified terrorist camp. They say he was involved in unidentified attacks until his return to Germany in September 2010.

Turgay C. is suspected of supporting the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has attacked foreign troops in Afghanistan, through money transfers worth euro39,000 ($53,550).

Police also searched four other suspects' homes, prosecutors said.