Failed Train Attack: Second German Terror Suspect Arrested in Lebanon
The second suspect in a failed terrorist bomb attack on two German trains last month has been arrested in Lebanon following a feverish international manhunt.
Jihad Hamad -- seen here on an international warrant -- has been arrested in Lebanon.
German federal prosecutors want him for several counts of attempted murder and membership in a terrorist organization.
"The accused is suspected of leaving the 'bomb trolley' in regional train RE 10121 that left Cologne's central station at 12:51 p.m.," a spokeswoman for German federal prosecutors said according to the DPA news agency.
The federal prosecutor's office has said it will now push for his extradition back to Germany.
Hamad was the second person arrested in connection with the failed attacks last month after two unexploded bombs fashioned from gas canisters hidden in luggage were found in trains in the cities of Koblenz and Dortmund. Another Lebanese man living in Germany, the 21-year-old Youssef Mohamad el Hajdib, was taken into custody last weekend by German authorities.
"There will be no confirmation or denial regarding what was found in the Cologne apartment," a spokesman for Germany's Federal Crime Office (BKA) said. But BKA President Jörg Ziercke said there was "certainty" that Hajdib and Hamad "worked and planned this deed together."
Both Hajdib and Hamad fled to Istanbul after the failed attack, but Hajdib returned to Germany for unknown reasons, which led to his arrest in the northern German city Kiel. German police were reportedly tipped off as to the identities of the suspects by Lebanese military intelligence after they released video footage of the two men.
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