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Three German citizens indicted for al-Qaeda links

Three German citizens, two in custody and one at large, have been charged by federal prosecutors with financing foreign terror groups and posting Islamist propaganda videos on the Internet.

A computer mouse and euro bills

The three allegedly promoted terrorism online and with cash

German federal prosecutors said Wednesday they have charged three German citizens with supporting groups linked to al-Qaeda.

One of those indicted, 28-year-old Filiz G. is the wife of a man convicted in March of planning a series of car bombs targeting Germans and US soldiers. She has been in custody, along with the 21-year-old Alican T., since February.

Authorities are still searching for a second male suspect, the 31-year-old Fatih K.

The German authorities say the three allegedly remitted 4,300 euros ($5,458) from November 2009 to February 2010 to Islamic terror groups abroad.

They are also accused of spreading radical Islamist videos on the Internet with Filiz G. allegedly making around 1,000 posts to a leading web forum for Islamists in Germany.

The groups they are accused of helping, including al-Qaeda, the Islamic Jihad Union and the German Taliban Mujahedin, are all involved in insurgent activities targeting Western military forces in Afghanistan.

Assisting a foreign terrorist organization is a crime under German law.

Author: Holly Fox (AFP/dpa)
Editor: Martin Kuebler

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