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Germany indicts suspected Islamic State member

German prosecutors have indicted a 25-year-old Islamic extremist on charges of being a member of two terrorist organisations fighting in Syria.

Federal prosecutors said German citizen Shahid Ilgar Oclu S., whose last name was not provided due to German privacy rules, travelled to Syria in the autumn of 2013 and joined the group Junud al-Sham.

In a statement, prosecutors said he "underwent weapons training and learned to use a firearm" but left the group after a few weeks "disappointed about the lack of combat missions".

They said the suspect then joined Islamic State. He returned to Germany via Turkey on December 23 2013.

The man was arrested by police in the western city of Cologne on March 7.


From Belfast Telegraph