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Monday, November 20, 2006

El Al plane target of foiled terror attack in Germany

Al-Reuters is reporting that an El Al plane was the target of a foiled terror attack in Germany.
German authorities are investigating a number of people in connection with what they suspect was a foiled plot to smuggle a bomb onto a passenger plane, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said on Monday.

German security sources said on condition of anonymity that the plane would have been at Frankfurt International Airport, one of the world's busiest. German newspaper Die Welt cited security sources as saying the target was a plane of Israel's El Al airline.


Several of the suspects had approached someone during the summer who had access to the security department at a German airport and who had expressed willingness to smuggle a suitcase or bag onto a plane for payment, a statement said.

The suspects repeatedly made contact with the person but were unable to agree on a price for planting a bomb, it said. Die Welt said the person was a male employee of Frankfurt airport. [Where have we heard this before? CiJ]


"The suspects were temporarily taken into custody and informed of the suspicions against them before they were released on Saturday, with the exception of one wanted in connection with another crime," the office said.

The men are suspected of being members of a terrorist organization, the office said. It did not explain why the suspects, who remain under investigation, had been released.

"I can't comment on the particularities about the decision to release them," said a spokesman for the interior ministry. Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency also declined comment.

The prosecutor's office said it had searched nine apartments on Friday in the western German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse to gather evidence.

It gave no details about the nationality of the suspects.
Can I guess that they weren't Hindus? For the record, El Al has declined comment.


At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a related story France has submitted a motion to critisize Germany for foiling the plot against the Zionist enitity

At 9:05 PM, Blogger lilfeathers2000 said...

Bet they were not buddists either.

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At 11:33 PM, Blogger Dave said...


I spoke with a German colleague and posted - I am pretty sure - before the rest of the Israeli press on this:

German authorities have broken an Islamic terror cell that was planning to bomb an El Al jet at Frankfurt airport, according to Die Welt's Tuesday edition. An airport employee was to reportedly have taken part in the suitcase bomb attack, the Federal Prosecutor's Office announced on Monday.

"Tagesspiegel" (Berlin) reports:

Members of the terror cell are "mostly" from Jordan, originating in "Palestine." The other members are also from Arab countries. They all lived in the German states Rheinland-Pfalz and Hessen. The police searched nine residences.



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