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Germany extradites terror suspect
Abderrazak Mahjub
Mahjub: In custody in Hamburg since November
Germany has extradited to Italy an Algerian man accused of recruiting suicide bombers for Iraq.

Abderrazak Mahjub, 30, is set to face trial for allegedly heading a Milan-based militant cell with al-Qaeda ties.

Italian prosecutors say the cell sent its recruits to camps in northern Iraq, to be trained for attacks against US-led forces in the country.

Mr Mahjub, also known as the "Sheikh", was detained last November in the German city of Hamburg.

A court cleared his extradition 10 days ago.

He had earlier been arrested by the German authorities for plotting attacks against Spanish holiday resorts, but was released because of a lack of evidence.

The Milan prosecutor's investigation also led to the arrests of two other suspects in Italy - both of North African origin.

Two other suspects are still at large.


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