The federal prosecutor arrested two Syrians in Kiel and Munich who are said to have been members of a terrorist organization in Syria. One of the accused, Amer A., is said to have founded and led the group “Liwa Jund al-Rahman” in 2013, according to the highest German prosecutor in Karlsruhe.
He is also strongly suspected of having committed war crimes. The suspects’ homes were searched. “Liwa Jund al-Rahman” (Soldiers of Mercy Brigade) is said to aim to violently overthrow the Syrian regime. Since 2014 it has been subordinate to the terrorist organization “Islamic State” (IS).
Attack on villagers
Led by the suspected ringleader A., the troops are said to have attacked a village together with other jihadist groups in 2013 and killed up to 60 Shiites there. The village was looted, partly set on fire and the remaining residents were driven out.
The second suspect, Basel O., is said to have also been in a senior position in the group, commanding troops fighting Syrian forces. He and A. are accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization. Both men are in custody.
uh/ww (dpa, afp)