German woman charged with Daesh membership

German police officers patrol in a terminal at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP)
Updated 16 November 2018

German woman charged with Daesh membership

  • They lived in Syria and Iraq off funds the husband received from IS, and had a child together

BERLIN: Federal prosecutors say they’ve charged a 26-year-old German woman with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations she joined the extremist Daesh.
Prosecutors said Thursday that Derya O., whose full name wasn’t given in line with privacy laws, is accused of joining the group in Syria in February 2014 and marrying a fighter there with whom she had had previous contact over the Internet.
They lived in Syria and Iraq off funds the husband received from Daesh, and had a child together.
She’s alleged to have also received small-arms weapons training from her husband and had an explosive belt that could have been used in a suicide bombing.
She left Syria through Turkey in 2017 and returned to Germany that August.


6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Updated 6 min 39 sec ago

6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

  • The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range
  • Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man

PRAGUE: Six people were killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister said. Police said the suspect is at large and described him as armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said.

He said he was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

Police said the man left in a silver-grey Renault Laguna car and called on the public not to try to stop him.

Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

Video footage and pictures published by public radio showed police arresting a person at the site but that person did not appear to be the shooting suspect.

Officials say people have been evacuated from the clinic. Police are boosting security across the country.