Crackdown on Takfiri Salafis: German Forces Raid Mosques, Apartments

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Friday, 29 July 2016

Interior Minister of the Northern State of Lower Saxony Boris Pistorius informed media that German security officials raided a mosque and eight apartments on Wednesday in Hildesheim area, South of Hanover.

“The German-speaking Islamic circle (DIK) in Hildesheim is a nationwide hotspot of the radical Salafist scene that Lower Saxony security authorities have been monitoring for a long time,” the state official said.

“We will not put up with Salafist associations and their backers flouting our rules and bringing our rule of law into question and convincing young people that they want to join the so-called IS,” Pistorius said.

“I’m convinced that our freedom is stronger than the inhuman ideology of the extremists,” he added.

Boris Pistorius said in a statement that up to 400 police personnel, including mobile squads and a special forces police commando, were involved in the raids on Wednesday in the Hildesheim area, which is a short drive south of Hanover.

Pistorius said the search followed months of planning and was an important step towards banning the association, which security authorities say has radicalised Muslims and encouraged them to take part in jihad in combat zones.

Numerous members of the mosque have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the militant Islamic State (IS) group, while sermons, seminars and speeches call for “hate against non-believers”, the ministry said.

Germany has seen sharp increase in the number of Salafists in recent years, with the total number of sympathisers now seen at 8,900, up from 7,000 at the end of 2014, German officials have said.

Germany is on high alert after a spate of attacks since July 18 left 15 people dead — including four attackers — and dozens injured. Two assailants, a Syrian asylum seeker and a refugee from either Pakistan or Afghanistan, had links to Islamist militancy, officials say.

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