Alleged ISIS member charged in Germany

German prosecutors charge alleged ISIS member with membership in a terrorist organization and committing a war crime.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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German prosecutors on Wednesday charged an alleged member of the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group who spent time in Syria with membership in a terrorist organization and committing a war crime, The Associated Press reports.

The 32-year-old German citizen, identified only as Abdelkarim E. B. in line with local privacy rules, left Germany for Syria in 2013 and joined ISIS, federal prosecutors said.

While in Syria, he received weapons training and fought for the group.

Prosecutors say that, during fighting near Aleppo in November 2013, the man's unit beat and kicked a captured fighter from an enemy militia and threatened him with torture. The suspect is also accused of filming the scene.

The man is already in custody in a separate case, which prosecutors gave no details of.

Germany has been on high alert following a series of attacks in the country.

In one attack, a 17-year-old Afghani with an axe attacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg before being shot dead by security forces.

In a second incident, an attacker set off a bomb in a restaurant in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 12 others.

The most serious attack took place last December, when terrorist Anis Amri drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier this year, a Palestinian Arab man fatally stabbed one person and wounded six others at a Hamburg supermarket.

In June, German police arrested a teenage asylum seeker suspected of planning a suicide attack in Berlin.

Several days ago, German police detained a man who was plotting a car-ramming attack near an ice-skating rink in the city of Karlsruhe.