by Florian Flade
In a raid in Western Germay police arrested an alleged member of the „Islamic Movement Uzbekistan“ (IMU) who fought in Waziristan 2009-2010 and a alleged supporter of the terror group who sent thousands of EUROs to the Jihadi miltiants.
IMU Recruits – German Jihadi militants in Waziristan
Ömer C. was lying in his bed in Essen´s hospital, when police officers went into the room to arrest the 24 year-old German citizen yesterday. C., a resident of the West-German city of Gelsenkirchen, was taken into custody because of a worrying trip he had made in September 2009. He had traveled from Germany to Pakistan´s tribal region of Waziristan and joined the „Islamic Movement Uzbekistan“ (IMU), a militant group which has several German recruits in its ranks.
German investigators believe Ömer C. underwent training in one of IMU´s camps and was also engaged in combat with Pakistani troops along the Afghan-Pakistan border. A trained Jihadi militant he returned to Germany in September 2010. Immediately German authorities were keeping a close eye on the Islamist. C. was registered as one of Germany´s „Gefährder“, a potential terrorist threat to German security. The suspicion of his activities in Pakistan could not be verified, so C., now accused of being a member of IMU, was not arrested upon his return and could freely roam the streets of Gelsenkirchen.
Yesterday around 100 German policemen raided several apartments in Essen, Cologne and other cities in the federal states of Northrhine-Westphalia, and Hessen, confiscating computers, CDs and documents. While leaving his Cologne flat, Turgay C., a 28 year-old German citizen of Turkish descent, was arrested. Prosecution accuses Turgay C. of supporting IMU and sending 39,000 EUROs total split in two money transactions to the Waziristan-based Jihadis. Four other suspected terror suspects were not arrested though police said they were investigating their cases.
Police said in a press release, IMU was largely depending on foreign donators, most of them from Europe, sending money to Pakistan. Last year German authorities ordered raids on different locations in Hanover and other cities, also investigating a network of IMU supporters. Im May 2010, Rami M., a German-Syrien from Frankfurt, was arrested in Pakistan. He had attended terrorist training in an IMU camp together with Iranian Shahab D. from Hamburg, who died in a October 2010 US drone strike in Waziristan, and Hamburg resident Ahmed Wali S. who was arrested by US forces in the Afghan capital Kabul in July 2010.