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Trial begins in Germany of 4 men accused of forming terror cell, plotting to kill politician

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BERLIN — Four men have gone on trial in Germany accused of forming a terrorist group and planning to kill a far-right politician.

Prosecutors say the men were inspired by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to attack the head of a fringe far-right party that had protested the construction of mosques.

German national Marco G., 43-year-old Albanian Enea B., 25-year-old German-Turkish dual national Koray D. and 24-year-old German Tayfun S. were arrested the night before the planned killing in March 2013. Their full names weren't published, in accordance with German privacy laws.

The 26-year-old convert Marco G. is also charged with an attempted bombing at Bonn's main railway station in December 2012. The bomb failed to explode.

The trial, which began Monday in Duesseldorf, is expected to last at least a year.

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