Police Raid Mosques, Flats across Germany as Government Bans Islamist Group

A German police van stands in front of a house in Berlin November 15, 2016. German police launched dawn raids on mosques, apartments and offices in ten German states on Tuesday, and the government banned a group it accused of trying to recruit fighters for Daesh, the interior ministry said. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

BERLIN, Nov 15  – German police launched dawn raids on mosques, apartments and offices in ten German states on Tuesday, and the government banned a group it accused of trying to recruit fighters for Daesh, the interior ministry said.

A spokeswoman for the ministry described the DWR ‘True Religion’ organisation as a mobilising network for Daesh, though she said there was no indication it was planning attacks itself.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere believed the group breached Germany’s constitution and incited hatred, she added. He was due to make a statement on the arrests and the ban later on Tuesday.

There was no immediate statement from the group.

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