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German police say suspect had "al-Qaeda" orders

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At least one of the three terror suspects picked up in Germany yesterday was acting “under direct command” from al-Qaeda say police.

The man allegedly received his orders last year and was illegally on German soil when captured. Police say he has contacts in Austria, Morocco, Kosovo and Iran, and had military training in Waziristan.

Two of the suspects are from Morocco while the origins of the third are unclear.

“The accused had the mission to commit an attack in Germany. They did not yet have a concrete target in view. While building the explosive device they were still in a phase of experimentation as we know after the results of the searching,” said Deputy Attorney General Rainer Griesbaum.

Police say a large quantity of explosives and bomb-making equipment was found at the raided addresses of the trio in Dusseldorf and Bochum.

They added that the device was at a preparatory stage, and the target, believed to be a big city’s public transport, had not been chosen yet.