German Police Conduct Raids on ISIS Targets in Berlin

German police carried out dawn raids in Berlin on Tuesday, targeting individuals suspected of inciting people to go and fight for the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

According to the AFP news agency, the raids began at 6:30 a.m. and targeted, among others, a 51-year-old Moroccan suspected of recruiting for the jihadists.

A 19-year-old Macedonian thought to be currently in Syria is also suspected of involvement in the recruitment drive, local police said.

"We are looking for evidence to see whether these allegations are true," a police spokesperson said, according to AFP. No arrests were made.

One raid was conducted at an association linked to a mosque in Berlin's central Tempelhof district, the spokesperson said. Seven homes were also searched.

An AFP photographer saw police leaving the building housing the mosque carrying bags and computers seized as evidence.

Police also escorted a fully veiled woman out of the building and two small children.

The police spokesperson said investigators had been working on the probe for six months and began planning the raid two weeks ago.

"We have no indications that anything was being planned in Germany," he said when asked about indications of any plot to attack targets there.

But people who go to fight in Syria "gain experience of violence there and one day or another can return to Berlin", he said.

He added that there was no link to an attack last Thursday in which an Iraqi man with a jihadist background stabbed a German policewoman before officers shot him dead in Berlin.

Germany has been spared a major Islamist attack, unlike many of its European neighbors, but the country has been called a potential target in Islamic State propaganda.

In August, two German-speaking jihadists claiming to belong to ISIS threatened Germany with attacks in an execution video broadcast online.

Last year, Germany announced a ban on ISIS in an attempt to prevent the group from recruiting young jihadists in Germany.

German intelligence estimates that some 600 Germans have joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to AFP.

Germany is just one among a host of European countries dealing with radicalized locals who join jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Among the countries that have experienced this are France, Spain, SwedenBelgium and Britain, where Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced a five-year plan to tackle home-grown Islamic extremism and help communities integrate in Britain.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Yom Kippur in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


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