Saudi Diplomat in Berlin Linked to Al Qaeda

(Newsweek) - Stefan Theil and Michael Isikoff Last month German police raided a suspected terrorist cell in Berlin, arresting a half-dozen men and seizing bomb-making equipment, flight-simulator software, and chemicals. German officials say Muhammad J. Fakihi, chief of the Islamic affairs branch at the Saudi Embassy in Berlin, met frequently with the suspected terrorist cell’s leader, Ihsan Garnaoui, at Berlin’s Al Nur mosque. Four days after the arrests, Fakihi left Germany but never showed up in Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials said Fakihi's business card had been found in the apartment of Mounir el-Motassadeq, who was convicted of being an accomplice of the "Hamburg cell" that committed the 9-11 attacks.

2003-04-08 00:00:00

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