Christian Ganczarski

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Christian Ganczarski (born 1966) is a German citizen of Polish ancestry who converted to Islam. He was born in Gliwice, Silesia, Poland.

Nicolas Sarkozy, then French Interior Minister, alleged Ganczarski was a top al Qaeda leader.[1] The Alliance Base captured Ganczarski at Charles de Gaulle Airport.[2]

Early on the morning of April 11, 2002 Niser bin Muhammad Nasar Nawar and a colleague drove a truck loaded with natural gas canisters behind a German tourist bus near the El Ghriba synagogue on Djerba island, Tunisia.[3] Nawar then used a cell phone belonging to his brother to phone Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ganczarski.[4] After his colleague fled the scene on foot, Nawar detonated the explosives.[3]

In February 2009, a French court sentenced Ganczarski to 18 years in prison for the bombing.[5]


  1. ^ However, a judicial source close to the investigation told Reuters news agency that French prosecutors had no evidence of any close link between Ganczarski and bin Laden; see Deutsche Welle report, French Allege Detained German Is Top Al Qaeda Leader
  2. ^ BBC: France arrests al-Qaeda suspects
  3. ^ a b Hedges, Chris. New York Times, Tunisian killed in Synagogue blast was unlikely convert to militancy, June 9, 2002
  4. ^ BBC, Two jailed over Tunisia bombing, February 5, 2009
  5. ^ Michel Moutot: Al Qaeda militant found guilty for Tunisian synagogue attack - Expatica, 06/02/2009

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