After Bomb Plot Foiled, German Muslims Condemn Terror

August 26, 2006

Source: Islamonline

On August 26, 2006 Islamonline reported, "Germany's Muslim community on Friday, August 25, condemned the failed plot to blow up passengers trains in the west of the country last month and offered to help authorities fight terrorism. Sixteen organizations, including the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, issued a joint statement saying they were 'deeply shocked and horrified.' 'Islam offers no justification for such acts,' said the groups in statements carried by Agence France-Presse Saturday, August 26. They said Muslims could have been victims in more than one sense if the plot to blow up trains outside the cities of Hamm and Koblenz on July 31 had succeeded. Homemade bombs planted on the trains in trolley suitcases failed to explode, averting an almost certain bloodbath. Two young Lebanese men who have been living in Germany have been arrested in connection with the plot. One of them turned himself in to police in Lebanon, where officials on Friday said he had made a confession. The clean-cut looking young men were filmed by security cameras at Cologne station, with one of them appearing in the grainy images to drag a suitcase along the platform. The bombs were packed into trolley suitcases and timed to explode simultaneously 10 minutes before the trains reached Hamm and Koblenz, but they failed to detonate. Press reports have said a brother of one of the pair was killed in the Israeli offensive on Lebanon and that his anger at the siege, and the West failure to stop it, may have motivated the bombing. Police are holding two more people, one in southern Germany and one in Lebanon, for questioning."