Three ‘Al-Shabaab’ Terror Suspects Detained on Germany Return

Germany detained three men suspected of being members of a terroristic group in Somalia.

The German nationals identified as 23-year-old Abdulsalam W., 26-year-old Steven N. and 28-year-old Abdullah W. were detained on Sept. 6 at Frankfurt airport after arriving on a flight from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The men are suspected of having joined the radical Islamist “Al-Shabaab” group with the aim of preparing serious acts of violent subversion, the German Attorney General said in a statement today.

The suspects are believed to have traveled to Somalia in 2012 and 2013 to join Al-Shabaab, received weapons training and participated in armed fights, supporting the group’s goal to try and overthrow the Somali government, according to the statement. There is no evidence the suspects, who remain in custody, were planning specific terror acts, it said.

The group claimed responsibility for attacks including on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi last year, in which at least 67 people died.

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