The trial of three suspected terrorists behind the deadly 2002 attacks on a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba began in Paris on Monday. If a conviction is secured for a German man thought to be involved in the attack, it could prove embarrassing for investigators in Germany.

On April 11, 2002, at 9:35 a.m., just seven months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Nizar Naouar, a Tunisian man, rammed a truck filled with 5,000 liters of liquid gas into the Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian vacation island of Djerba. Twenty-one people died, including 14 Germans, two French tourists and five Tunisians. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack.

Almost seven years later, a jury court in Paris began hearing the case against the men believed to be responsible for the attack in a trial that began on Monday. Prosecutors believe that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, also responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks and currently being held at Guantanamo, was the mastermind and planner behind the strike on Djerba. Also on trial is Walid Naouar, the brother of suicide bomber Nizar Naouar.

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