Man detained at German airport for alleged IS membership

Man detained at German airport for alleged IS membership

Officials say 22-year-old traveled to Syria, was trained in using weapons

Dusseldorf Airport (CC-BY Dirk Vorderstraße/Wikipedia)
Dusseldorf Airport (CC-BY Dirk Vorderstraße/Wikipedia)

BERLIN — A 22-year-old German man has been detained at Dusseldorf airport upon his return from Turkey for alleged membership in the Islamic State group, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement Saturday.

The office said that Anil O., whose last name was not given in accordance with German privacy law, is accused of having gone to Syria in August 2015 to join the extremist group.

The statement said he was given at least one Kalashnikov rifle and several hand grenades during his training and told to be ready to join IS’s fight.

The man also is suspected of having asked other people in Germany to move to Syria and Iraq to become part of the group.

The statement said the suspect left Syria and moved to Turkey last winter.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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