Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Southern German Towns Become Hub of Jihadism

by Roland Ströbele from World Politics Review

The 28-year-old Fritz Gelowicz is supposed even to have been the ringleader of the group, which is accused of planning bomb attacks on the Frankfurt Airport and the U.S. military base in Ramstein ... Fritz had often met with the Egyptian Dr. Yehia Yousif in his townhouse in the Neu-Ulm neighborhood of Ludwigsfeld. During a raid on the house, the police discovered materials that could be used for making bombs. Shortly before the Multi-Kultur-Haus was shut down, Dr. Yousif went into hiding. The police suspect that he is currently in Saudi Arabia. His son, Omar, was found to be in possession of handwritten instructions on how to ambush a military convoy. He claimed to have copied them from the Internet. Investigators, however, believe Omar Yousif received combat training in a Palestinian camp ... Over the years, a large number of religious fanatics and other "key and conspicuous persons" in the Islamist scene have settled in the area of Ulm/Neu-Ulm, where, from the banks of the Danube, they have continued to play a leading role in the international terrorist network.

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