German police raid mosque for islamic extremist videos
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German police raid mosque for Islamic extremist videos
BERLIN - German police raided a mosque in the northern town of Wismar on Thursday, searching for Islamic extremist videos and leaflets which state prosecutors said pointed to suspected militant activity.
During the raid police questioned 13 people who were in the mosque at the time and confiscated a large amount of computing equipment, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state prosecutors said in a statement.
State Interior Minister Gottfried Timm said Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was no refuge for Islamic extremists, but he could not rule out that organisations in the area may be preparing attacks or recruiting people for armed conflict.
"Therefore security forces are rigorously pursuing any clues to identify any possible planned attacks as early as possible."
Germany introduced tighter controls over Islamist organisations after the country became a focal point of investigations into the September 11, 2001 attacks. Three of the four suspected suicide pilots, including alleged plot leader Mohamed Atta, had lived in the northern city of Hamburg.
But the murder of an outspoken filmmaker and the discovery of a suspected radical Muslim cell in neighbouring Netherlands this month has renewed calls in Germany for tougher monitoring of outspoken imams and some religious organizations.
Last Sunday, more than 20,000 predominantly Muslim protesters marched through Cologne to demonstrate against violence and extremism.