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The head of German intelligence warned that Europe is at great risk of Islamist terrorist attacks, particularly from homegrown extremists and those with links to al Qaeda in Yemen. A report estimates that as many as 100,000 Germans have converted to Islam in the past few years, and that 5-10 % of those converts are Salafists.
Police arrested four men suspected of violating the Iranian arms embargo by arranging to ship millions of dollars' worth of nuclear equipment to Iran. One of the suspects is a German and the other three are German-Iranians. The identity of a fifth suspect has not yet been disclosed.
German intelligence officials worry that the German Salafist group Millatu Ibrahim may be establishing a base in Egypt since the crackdown on the militant group in Germany in June. Over a dozen German Salafists are known to have moved to Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring and the election of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
Germany's intelligence agency estimates that 38,000 of the country's four million Muslims are potential extremists, including about 50 Salafist preachers who are under surveillance. Authorities are debating what to do about Sami A., an al Qaeda-linked preacher in Germany with a large following.
Authorities say Sami A., 36, a Tunisian former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, is a "dangerous preacher" and a security risk, but they have not succeeded in expelling him from the country. The Bochum resident is linked to an al Qaeda cell in Dusseldorf and is said to maintain a network of al Qaeda contacts that includes some 9/11 plotters.
Prosecutors accused a German man, "Thomas U.," of belonging to an Islamist terror group and assisting in an attack on a military base in Afghanistan in 2009. The suspected member of the German Taliban Mujahideen was also accused of recruiting fighters for jihad in Afghanistan. He was arrested in Turkey.
Four members of a German al Qaeda cell headed by Abdeladim El-K., a Moroccan who had trained in Pakistan in 2010, went on trial. The cell was involved in a plot to conduct Mumbai-type attacks in Europe that had been approved by Osama bin Laden.
Peter B., a leader of the Salafist movement in Frankfurt, was arrested by German authorities in Istanbul. The German national and Muslim convert had been in Pakistan's Waziristan area for a year, then traveled to Iran and Turkey. He is accused of belonging to a terrorist group and recruiting fighters for jihad in Afghanistan.