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Second train bomber slips out of Germany: reports
Latest Updated by 2006-08-23 09:19:36
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German authorities have identified a second man linked to the two bombs found on trains last month, but he had slipped out of the country, German media reported on Tuesday.

The second suspect, who had lived in the western city of Cologne, was a 20-year-old Lebanese, said German news magazines Spiegel and Stern on their websites. The German public broadcaster ARD also reported the same details.

After the arrest of Youssef Mohamad E. H., a 21-year-old Lebanese student, in the northern city of Kiel on Saturday, the second suspect was reported to be Dschihad Hamad, Stern reported, citing unnamed security sources.

He escaped arrest early Tuesday morning and left Germany, Berlin's Morgenpost newspaper and WDR radio reported.

The man was reported to have lived in Cologne, where authorities said they believed the two suspects carried bombs on board trains heading for Dortmund and Koblenz.

However, officials from both the Cologne police and the federal prosecutor's office declined to comment on the reports.

The German prosecutor's office said Lebanese intelligence officials listened in to a call, which led to the first arrest on Saturday.

Joerg Ziercke, chief of the Federal Crime Office, had expressed his confidence in bringing the manhunt to a quick and successful end on Monday when he informed German public broadcaster ZDF that "an ample number of leads" pointing to involved parties in Lebanon, Germany and other European countries had come in since the arrest of Youssef Mohamad E. H. in Kiel.

The danger of a terrorist attack remained until authorities were able to catch the second suspect, Ziercke said, as the other suspect or other accomplices could attempt to repeat the attacks that failed on July 31 because of technical errors.

According to authorities, the two suspects' motives for the attacks remained unclear so far.

Youssef Mohamad E. H., who was being held in custody in Karlsruhe on charges of attempted murder, was reported to have had connections with an Islamic organization called Hisb ut-Tahrir al Islami, a group banned in Germany since 2003 for promoting anti-Semitic propaganda.

He has had several acquaintances with "problematic connections," Der Tagesspiegel newspaper quoted unnamed security officials as saying.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
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