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Germans Arrest Fourth Suspect in Plot Against Iraq's Interim Prime Minister - 2004-12-04


German police have arrested a fourth man in connection with a plot to attack Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi during his visit this week to Germany.

Federal prosecutors say authorities arrested the Lebanese citizen in Berlin today (Saturday) on charges of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

The announcement followed Friday's arrests of three Iraqi suspects. Prosecutors identified them as suspected members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Islam, which U.S. authorities have linked to al-Qaida. They said the arrests took place in Berlin, Augsburg, and Stuttgart.

The three appeared before an investigating magistrate today (Saturday) for a custody hearing. The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel says the three suspects rejected the charges.

Friday's arrests came just hours before Mr. Allawi and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder met in Berlin to discuss future ties between their countries.

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