5 German Terror Suspects Die in Pakistan Drone Strike

Hamburg cell believed to be behind Europe terror plot
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2010 6:18 AM CDT
Pakistani paramilitary troops take position on a hilltop post in Khajore Kut, an area of Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – An American missile attack has killed at least five German nationals suspected of being part of a terror cell training in Pakistan, Pakistani officials say. The missile hit a house in Waziristan, the region where authorities believe a terror cell training for an attack on Europe was hiding out, the AP reports. Dozens of European militants are believed to be training in the area and it's not clear whether the drone attack is linked to the terror plot that has Europe on alert.

European intelligence officials say they believe a terror cell that originated in Hamburg is behind a plot to launch coordinated attacks on city centers, CNN notes. The group, whose members are of assorted ethnic backgrounds including Turkish and Iranian, attended the same Hamburg mosque as 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. The group is believed to have left Hamburg to train in Pakistan early last year, officials say, citing intelligence gained from a German militant captured in Afghanistan in July.

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