Former bin Laden body guard on trial in Germany

"The trial of a Jordanian man accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Germany as part of an al Qaeda affiliated terror group has begun in the German city of Düsseldorf."

"'It was (Abdallah's) task to identify potential targets in Germany and above all to procure the necessary weapons,' prosecutor Dirk Fernholz said in the opening statement of the trial on Tuesday. Abdallah had ordered the gun which was to be used in an assassination attempt and a box of hand grenades supposedly destined for the attack on a Jewish/Israeli installation from a contact person in Düsseldorf. But, anti-terror police closed in on Abdallah and his cell before the arms could be delivered.

"In the course of the proceedings, Abdallah admitted to attending a training camp in Afghanistan from December 1999 until May 2001, and claimed to have served briefly as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard in Afghanistan. While testifying at the trial of the Hamburg cell collaborator Mounir el Motassadeq (photo) in November, Abdallah said that he had seen Motassadeq at one of the training camps while serving the al Qaeda leader. Motassadeq, a Moroccan, was convicted in February of aiding the Hamburg cell grouped around suspected September 11 lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and sentenced to 15 years in prison."

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