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Terror suspect arrested seeking nuclear material
WND ^ | January 24, 2005 | staff

Posted on 01/24/2005 8:52:39 PM PST by Nachum

German police have arrested two suspected al-Qaida terrorists – one who was allegedly trying to buy enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb and other planning a suicide attack in Iraq.

According to a German prosecutor, the arrests, which occurred early Sunday, came after months of investigation, Knight-Ridder reported. The suspects were nabbed after early morning police raids in Mainz and Bonn. President Bush is scheduled to visit Mainz next month, which heightens the security concerns in the city.

It was determined today there was enough evidence to keep the pair in custody pending possible charges.

Authorities described one suspect, Ibrahim Mohamed K., as a 29-year-old German citizen with an Iraqi background. Mohamed K. is said to be a high-ranking al-Qaida operative in charge of recruiting suicide bombers and planning attacks from Europe.

It was not clear if the enriched uranium the suspect attempted to secure even exists. Mohamed K. allegedly tried to buy 48 grams of the material in Luxembourg.

Knight-Ridder reported that, according to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, there were 540 confirmed attempts at illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials between January 1993 and December 2003. Of those, 17 involved highly enriched uranium or plutonium, the fuels needed to power nuclear weapons.

Mohamed K., whose last name has not been released, was known to have been actively involved with al-Qaida before 9-11. A German resident and passport holder, he is believed to have taken part in several al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan.

After fighting against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the suspect returned to Europe, where he has traveled freely due to his German citizenship.

The other arrestee is Yasser Abu S., a Palestinian Mohamed K. recruited in September who is suspected of planning a suicide attack in Iraq.

The German prosecutor says 31-year-old Abu S. recently purchased more than 800,000 euro (about $1 million) in insurance policies, and authorities believe that after the planned suicide attack, the money would have gone back to al-Qaida. He reportedly is married to a German medical student and in possession of an Egyptian passport.

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1 posted on 01/24/2005 8:52:39 PM PST by Nachum
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To: hellbilly

Yep. No WMDs here. Move along. Nothing to see here.

3 posted on 01/24/2005 9:03:02 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
A high ranking al Qaeda terrorist is caught trying to buy uranium to build a nuclear bomb. They have vowed to kill four million Americans, and it seems that nuking two or three of our cities is probably the only way to get those numbers.

How could any rational person oppose our government doing everything possible, including invading and taking over terror sponsoring countries, to try to stop that scenario?

What are we supposed to do? Wait until after Miami is nuked before we take the war to the enemy? Imagine what a nuclear attack on an American city would do to all of our lives? It would be worse than the great depression. Responding aggressively after the fact will be too late. Now is the time for some serious preemptive butt kicking, no matter how much the Euro-peein's whine.
4 posted on 01/24/2005 10:04:24 PM PST by garjog
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To: Nachum

Once Iran has an abundant supply the terrorists will have it forced upon them with instructions.

5 posted on 01/24/2005 10:51:41 PM PST by EGPWS
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