Terrorism Ghanaian linked to ISIS jailed in Germany

Sarfo, who was recently moved out of solitary confinement at his German prison was arrested at Bremen airport where he voluntarily confessed when he arrived from Syria.

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Harry Sarfo, a Ghanaian who was previously living and working in Bremen in Germany has been jailed for three years for terrorism charges.

According to the New York Times, Sarfo left Bremen to join ISIS in 2015 with the notion that he was answering a holy call. He drove for four straight days to get to the territory controlled by the Islamic State in Syria.

Sarfo narrated that when he got to his destination in Syria he was told they needed to train people to go to German and Britain. He mentioned that a masked man who welcomed them (himself and another German) said “they have loads of people living in European countries and waiting for commands to attack the European people. and that was before the Brussels attacks, before the Paris attacks.”

He said they told him they did not need him in Syria but rather in Germany. “They said, ‘Would you mind to go back to Germany, because that’s what we need at the moment, and they always said they wanted to have something that is occurring in the same time: They want to have loads of attacks at the same time in England and Germany and France.”

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Sarfo, who was recently moved out of solitary confinement at his German prison because he is no longer considered violent, said his background also helped him gain a slot for the training. His background included serving a one-year jail term for breaking into a supermarket safe and stealing 23,000 euros, he was also regular at a radical mosque in Bremen that had already sent about 20 members to Syria, and he studied construction at Newham College in East London.

Because of his stature, he was drafted into the Islamic State’s quwat khas, Arabic for special forces. This special force comprised of men who agreed not to marry during their training.

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He narrated that training was very vigorous.  “Showering was prohibited. Eating was prohibited, too, unless they gave it to you,” Mr Sarfo said, adding that he had shared a cave with five or six others. Even drinking water was harshly rationed. Each dwelling received two cups of water a day, put on the doorstep, and the purpose of this was to test us, see who really wants it, who’s firm.” There were hours of running, jumping, push-ups, parallel bars, crawling. The recruits began fainting. Later in the second week of training they were given a Kalashnikov assault rifle and told to sleep with it between their legs until it became “like a third arm,” he said.

He narrated that one had to comply since the punishment for failing was harsh. He recounted that “there was one boy who refused to get up, because he was just too exhausted, so they tied him to a pole with his legs and his arms and left him there.”

He went through all 10 levels of training. Whilst in Syria, he had started doubting his allegiance to ISIS. He said he realised this when he realised how they treated those who could not keep up with the training.

He then started devising means of escape. He had to crawl in a field of mud amongst others to cross to Turkey. He landed at the Bremen Airport on July 20, where he was immediately arrested and he voluntarily confessed.

A student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Mohammed Nasir Alema was reported to have joined ISIS in 2015. It was later reported that he was killed in the Syrian city of Homs. The final funeral rites, Adua in Islam, were held Sunday, March 21, 2016.

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