Police raid suspected militants in west German towns
The raid targeted preachers suspected of trying to recruit young men to fight in Syria and Iraq
Police carried out raids against suspected militants in several towns in the West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday, the state’s criminal police said.
Raids took place in the towns of Duisburg and Dortmund among others, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) newspaper reported, and targeted preachers who are suspected of trying to recruit young men to fight in Syria and Iraq.
A spokeswoman for the state criminal police referred all further enquiries to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, which was not immediately available for comment.
Germany is on high alert after a spate of attacks since July that have left 15 people dead, including four attackers, and dozens injured. Two of the attackers, a Syrian asylum seeker and a refugee from either Pakistan or Afghanistan, had links to militancy, officials say.
The interior minister will propose a raft of new security measures on Thursday, including speedier deportations and waiving doctor-patient confidentiality in some cases, German media reported.