Another Country Raids Mosque Over Islamic State Terror Ties
The mosque and The Islamic Educational and Cultural Center Mesdschid Sahabe, a Muslim association where conservative Salafist clerics and Islamic fundamentalists were known to visit have both been banned due to the ties to the Islamic terror group.
The Muslim mosque, in Stuttgart a town in Germany, has been raided and closed by authorities after it was discovered that members were providing financial support and recruiting for ISIS.
Police seized property at both locations, including computers, hard drives, smartphones in addition to what they termed “other materials.”
“Through the association, donations have been collected for terrorist groups and fighters recruited for the Syrian conflict. In addition, the association and its members glorify jihad and religiously motivated terrorism,” Interior Minister Reinhold Gall for the state of Baden-Württemberg, told reporters.
“The association supports, in the form of the so-called “Islamic State,” an Islamist group that carries out religiously-motivated attacks against persons and property and we do not tolerate associations that advocate the use of violence to promote religious concerns and collect donations for terrorist groups.”
The action comes as member nations of the European Union grapple with the massive migration of Muslim immigrants onto the continent.
Stuttgart, the largest city in the southwestern region of Germany, is experiencing an influx of Syrian Muslims, as hundreds of thousands of immigrants were granted entry to the country in 2015.
Terror incidents, such as the attack at the Paris offices of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and a Kosher deli in January, and the coordinated attacks at cafés, a sports stadium and a concert venue in Paris, have raised concerns about the radicalization of Muslims throughout Europe.
German authorities stepped up efforts against the financing and support of terrorist activities following the massacre in Paris on November 13 that killed 130 and injured hundreds more in well-coordinated public attacks.
The country’s federal intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz (BfV), estimates that the number of conservative, fundamentalist Muslims has risen in the country as the wave of Syrian migration continues.