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More arrests in plot to bomb German trains

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posted on Aug, 25 2006 @ 05:20 PM
Three Lebanese suspects have now been arrested in conection with a failed plot to bomb two trains in Germany on July 31.. The third suspect, whose name was not released, was arrested in Konstanz, joining two other Lebanese men previously arrested for attempting to blow up two German trains. The detonators for the makeshift bombs went off, but failed to ignite the accelerant on either train.
BERLIN -- A Lebanese student suspected of planting a train bomb that failed to explode had contacts in Hamburg, authorities said Tuesday, the latest link to the northern port city where three of the Sept. 11 suicide pilots prepared for their attacks.

The planned attack here stunned Germans who thought the country's vehement opposition to the Iraq war would insulate it from becoming a terror target almost five years after the attacks on Washington and New York.

The main suspect, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Youssef Mohamad el Hajdib, was arrested Saturday in Kiel, about 30 miles north of Hamburg, on suspicion of placing one of two suitcase bombs in German trains on July 31.

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There have been several instances of terrorists living in Germany, but it is not considered a high profile target for attacks, partly due to it's strong opposition to the Iraq war. That seems to now be changing.

But why Lebanon? What would Lebanese terrorists have against the German government?

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