- Dec 26, 2009
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Germans have known for some time that their country is a target for terror.
In 2006, two Lebanese men tried and failed to blow up German commuter trains with a bomb in a suitcase.
In recent years, Islamic militant groups abroad have posted regular video messages on the internet warning of imminent attacks on Germany. The motivation: Germany's military mission in Afghanistan.
But the plot uncovered in 2007 shocked Germans more than any other incident.
That's because it involved native Germans joining a jihad against the West.
Growing up in the city of Ulm, Fritz Gelowicz seemed no different from any other teenager. He enjoyed sports and played in the local American Football team, the Ulm Barracudas.
But he became drawn to radical Islam. He had contact with radical preachers at a local cultural centre which was later shut down. He converted to Islam.
On 5 September 2007, German TV broadcast pictures of Fritz Gelowicz handcuffed and being led towards a police helicopter. He was one of three men arrested at a holiday cottage in the Sauerland region of western Germany.
Also detained was Daniel Schneider, another German convert to Islam.
There was video, too, of what investigators had found in the cottage: barrels containing enough hydrogen peroxide to produce hundreds of kilograms of explosives.
BBC News - Risk of attack remains for Germany
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