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German authorities arrest suspected Islamist fundraisers

Two men and a woman, all German citizens, have been arrested for allegedly sending money to the Islamic Jihad Union. The organization is alleged to have planned attacks on German targets.

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The three are accused of giving money to the Islamic Jihad Union

The German federal prosecutor's office said Monday that two men, identified as Alican T. and Fatih K., and a woman identified as Filiz G., would probably be charged with assisting a foreign terrorist organization. All of them are German citizens.

According to German media reports, Filiz G. is the wife of a man charged with planning terrorist attacks in Germany, Fritz G. He's the alleged leader of the "Sauerland Cell," a group of four men currently being tried for mixing explosives and intending to use them to blow up diplomatic and American military targets in Germany. The cell professed allegiance to the Islamic Jihad Union, a central Asian terrorist group. On Feb. 9, Fritz G.'s lawyer told judges that his client had "renounced terror." The verdict in that case is expected within the next two weeks.

Filiz G. and one of the men, who were arrested in the southern city of Ulm, allegedly collected 2,400 euros ($3620) since October and sent it to the Islamic Jihad Union via a Turkish account. The other man was taken into custody last week after trying to board a train to Vienna. He is accused of making a 1,400 euro contribution to the group.

Editor: Michael Lawton

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