#AceNewsServices – GERMANY – Nov.13 – A German court convicted four men on Thursday of being members or supporters of Al-Qaeda and planning a potentially lethal attack on German soil Die Welt reported.
‘ Abdeladim El-K ‘
They were handed sentences of up to nine years each behind bars, Reuters said.
The group, dubbed the ‘Dusseldorf Cell’, was arrested in 2011 in the western cities of Dusseldorf and Bochum, just days before Osama Bin Laden was killed.
During a two-year long trial, prosecutors said the men, acting under direct orders from al Qaeda, planned to detonate a cluster bomb in a crowd of people followed by a second explosion once emergency services had arrived to treat the victims.
Moroccan Abdeladim El-K, in his 30s, was the leader of the cell and is the highest-ranking member of al Qaeda to go before a court in Germany. The court in Duesseldorf sentenced him to nine years in prison.
Abdeladim El-K Indictment ‘
Prosecutors said he travelled to an al Qaeda training camp in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area in 2010 where he was taught how to make explosives and use guns.