German officials fear that at least four Islamists have left Germany for terror training in camps along the Afghan-Pakistani border, according to a news report. Now the main objective is to keep them from returning. German news magazine Der Spiegel reported in its edition on Monday, Feb. 11, that officials for Germany’s federal criminal police (BKA) believe the four men in their twenties are being trained to conduct terror attacks in Germany. At the end of last year, 20-year-old Eric B., a German convert to Islam, and 23-year-old Houssain al-M., a stateless man of Lebanese origin, headed to Pakistan via Dubai and Iran, according to the report. Both men are thought to belong to a group called Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) in the southwestern state of Saarland, which had planned a major terror attack in Germany in the fall of 2007. German officials prevented that attack and arrested three terror suspects in September.

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