Gruppa Islamsk Jihad Union har tatt på seg ansvaret for terrorplanene til de tre som ble arrestert i Tyskland tirsdag, melder tyske myndigheter.

«In an Internet appearance, the Islamic Jihad Union has taken responsibility for the foiled attacks in Germany and addresses the arrests of Sept. 4, 2007,» the ministry statement said.

«The attacks planned according to this for the end of 2007 were directed against the U.S. air base at Ramstein as well as U.S. and Uzbek consular facilities in Germany.»

The attacks were aimed at pressing Germany to close its air base in Termez, Uzbekistan, the statement also said.

The Islamic Jihad Union is described by police and prosecutors as an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a militant group which had origins in that Central Asian country.

Militant group claims terror plot