German agents make arrests under anti-terror laws

German law enforcement agents have arrested two members of a foreign terrorist organisation and searched homes in several cities, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement today.

German law enforcement agents have arrested two members of a foreign terrorist organisation and searched homes in several cities, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement today.

Further details were withheld pending a news conference with chief Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm at the federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe scheduled for this afternoon.

The arrests were made under German law pertaining to membership in a foreign terrorist organisation, the statement said.

Germany has cracked down on suspected terrorist and extremist activity since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, which were planned in part by a terrorist cell in Hamburg.

On January 17, police took 22 suspects into custody during nationwide raids on a network of Muslim extremists that turned up militant Islamic propaganda and forged passports.

In December, police arrested three suspected members of the Ansar al-Islam terror group who allegedly planned to attack Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi during a visit to Berlin.

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