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Terror suspects in Bad Münstereifel: Alleged ISIS members arrested

Terror suspects in Bad Münstereifel : Alleged ISIS members arrested

On Tuesday, the federal prosecutor's office arrested two brothers. The men are suspected of being members of the "Islamic State" (ISIS) and "Jabhat al-Nusra" (JaN).

On Tuesday afternoon, the federal prosecutor’s office reported two arrests as well as apartment searches in Bonn and Bad Münstereifel. According to the NRW Interior Ministry, brothers Rachid B. (25) and Khalid B. (24) were arrested in Bad Münstereifel. Both of them have the German and Moroccan nationalities.

Rachid B. is said to have travelled across Egypt and Turkey to Syria in February of 2013, where he joined the Jabhat al-Nusra organization. In addition to a four-week combat training course in the province of Idlib, he is said to have received shooting and weapons training. He was also taught how to use a grenade.

In April of 2013, he is alleged to have been part of a group who held a suspected spy for over a week. At the beginning of May, 2013, the 25-year-old apparently changed from the al-Nusra group to ISIS but kept his assault rifle. Rachid B. is said to have received renewed target training, then fighting for ISIS.

During his time at al-Nusra, Rachid B. apparently had contact with his younger brother, Khalid B. who also wanted to join the group. Hid older brother allegedly advised him on which route to take into Syria.

At the beginning of July, 2013, Khalid B. allegedly left Germany for Syria and joined ISIS. After training, he is believed to have participated in fighting for ISIS. The Interior Ministry reports that both brothers returned to Germany in 2016. They were expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

(Orig. text. ga)