German police do raids on Salafists

German police do raids on Salafists

World November 15, 2016 07:42

- German police raided Tuesday by more than two hundred houses and offices of supporters of the radical Salafist association 'The true religion' (DWR). The group carries a very conservative interpretation of Islam and wants to spread by distributing Korans in German cities.

According to information of the news agency DPA wants the German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere prohibit the association and its organized action.

The raids began at 06. 30 hours at a time in ten western states and the capital Berlin. Most searches took place in the state of Hesse, where nearly 65 raids were carried out of which fifteen in Frankfurt.

The police action comes a week after the arrest of several Islamist leaders, including the 32-year-old Iraqi Abu Walaa, who is considered by authorities as the main ideologue of the German Salafists. There are those times expected no spectacular arrests. It would now go seize cash and evidence and to send a signal to the radical Salafists.

The German domestic intelligence agency BfV says that leaders and sympathizers of DWR glorify armed jihad and terrorist attacks. The association throughout the Federal Republic built a network to recruit jihadists. At least 140 activists from Germany would have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the terrorist militia Islamic State. The BfV estimated the number of radical Islamist Salafists in Germany end of October 9200.

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