Four men who admitted planning bomb attacks on US targets in the country have been convicted of conspiracy to murder. The group, three Germans and one Turk, are facing prison sentences of between five and twelve years.
Prosecutors said they formed a German cell of the Islamic Jihad Union, a radical group linked to al-Qaeda.
A judge said the men had dreamed of staging a “second September 11th”. They had planned to make car bombs and use them to target US diplomats, soldiers and civilians.
Police had been watching their cottage for several months in the Sauerland region before moving in to arrest the men. Dozens of detonators were found in the house, around half of them primed with hydrogen peroxide, the same chemical used in the July 2005 bombings in London.
The attacks had been planned for October 2007 in protest against Western intervention in Afghanistan.