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September 05, 2002

NYT: Germany Says April Arrests Thwarted Attacks on Jews

A top German official said today that vigorous police work by the authorities here had disrupted a militant Islamic group that was plotting attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets throughout the country.

Otto Schily, the interior minister, said the arrest last April of 12 men suspected of belonging to an "Arab-Mujahedeen network" was a milestone in Germany's campaign against terrorism.

"As far as we know at the moment, this Palestinian-Jordanian group was drafting first plans for strikes against Israeli or Jewish institutions in Germany," Mr. Schily said at a news conference timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States.