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Albania Transfers ISIS Terror Cell Suspect to Germany

Albania Transfers ISIS Terror Cell Suspect to Germany

Tuesday, 4 August, 2020 - 09:15
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa (photo credit: REUTERS)

Albania has transferred to Germany a Tajik man accused of being part of a cell of the ISIS group that allegedly planned to attack US military facilities in Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The suspect, identified only as Komron B. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested on his arrival at Frankfurt airport on Monday, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

Four other Tajiks were arrested in Germany in mid-April and their alleged leader was taken into custody in March 2019, The Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors said Komron B. and the other suspects joined ISIS in January 2019 and founded a cell in Germany on the group's instructions, initially intending to travel to Tajikistan and fight that country's government.

They then allegedly changed plans and decided to carry out attacks in Germany, either on US military facilities or on individuals - including an unidentified person living in Germany who they considered critical of Islam.

As part of their efforts to raise money for their plans and for ISIS, one of the cell's members traveled to Albania to carry out a contract killing for $40,000 but the plan failed, prosecutors added.

He and another suspect who had traveled with him then returned to Germany. Komron B. was arrested in Albania on April 29.

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