Five Tajiks charged over membership in IS cell in Germany

Five Tajiks charged over membership in IS cell in Germany
The men are accused of having various roles in a German IS cell founded in January 2019.
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15 February, 2021
Germany has charged five Tajik men with membership of an Islamic State terror cell [GETTY]
Germany has charged five Tajik men with membership of an Islamic State terror cell that recruited members and planned attacks on German soil, prosecutors said Monday.

The five men charged on February 1, named as Farhodshoh K., Muhammadali G., Azizjon B., Sunatullokh K. and Komron B., are accused of having various roles in the cell, founded in January 2019. A sixth member of the same cell, Ravsan B., was sentenced to seven years in jail in January after being prosecuted separately.

"The aim of the cell members, who were in contact with IS leaders in Syria and Afghanistan, was to take up the armed struggle against what they saw as 'infidels' and to commit attacks in Germany," the indictment said.

According to prosecutors, the attacks included US army bases in Germany.

The men allegedly circulated in the same circles as the Tajik-born perpetrator behind the Stockholm truck attack of April 2017, as well as the Macedonian-Austrian national who gunned down four people in Vienna in November.

The group allegedly held training sessions, including paintball games, attended by members of the Islamist scene who had contact with the Vienna attacker. They also ordered bomb parts online and stocked up on firearms and ammunition.

One of them, Azizjon B., is said to have been involved in the same online network used to recruit the Stockholm attacker and is accused of being a member of IS since at least March 2017, carrying out instructions from high-ranking leaders in Afghanistan from Germany.

He also allegedly recruited members for IS in Germany, leading to the founding of the cell in January 2019.

Farhodshoh K. and Ravsan B. are accused of accepting a $40,000 contract to assassinate a businessman in Albania, although the plan failed and they returned to Germany.

Ravsan B. is then said to have handed over the intended murder weapon to Sunatullokh K., who was supposed to use it to kill the operator of an Islam-critical YouTube channel, after they had begun spying on the intended victim.

After the two were arrested in March 2019, the cell stopped planning further attacks and instead concentrated on radicalising young Muslims in Germany, according to the indictment.

The members also focused their efforts on raising money for IS, some of which was sent to financial agents in Turkey before being passed to the terror group.

IS-linked attacks have committed several violent attacks in Germany in recent years, with the worst being a truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016 that killed 12.

Tajiks area a Persian-speaking Iranian ethnic groups native to Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

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