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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Lebanon gave Germans key anti-terror tip

BERLIN, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Lebanese intelligence led to the arrest of one of two suspects linked to the failed train bombings in Germany last month.

Officials from the federal prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe said they were informed Friday of the whereabouts of the suspect, a 21-year-old Lebanese student identified as Youssef Mohammed EH.

The German police earlier published images from a video surveillance camera in Cologne railway station which showed the student wearing the soccer jersey of Michael Ballack, a famous German national team player.

Public television station ARD said Monday the suspect had telephoned his family in Lebanon to ask for advice after he had seen his picture on TV, a call picked up by Lebanese intelligence agents.

The student was trying to flee the country with a packed suitcase when he was picked up by German police at the main train station in the northern German city of Kiel Saturday.

His fingerprints and DNA matched those on one of the two suitcases filled with handmade explosives that were planted on two different trains traveling through western Germany on July 31.

The devices were set to explode some ten minutes before the trains were due to arrive in stations, but luckily, neither bomb exploded.

Police are still searching for a second suspect linked to the bombing.
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