German police today conducted raids against suspected Islamic militants in several cities, they delivered DPA and TASS.
The operation was conducted in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia at the request of federal prosecutors, said a representative of the authorities.
Searched had been homes and premises of suspects in the cities of Duisburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Tönisvorst.
There is information that the operation in Düsseldorf was directed against an Islamic preacher who recruited young Muslims to fight in Syria and Iraq. He is suspected of supporting a terrorist organization abroad.
German newspaper “Westdeutscher Allegemeiner Zeitung” reported that in Duisburg the police was after a travel agency with a Turkish name. The owner of the agency is considered to have contacts with two suspects of the explosives attack on a Sikh temple in Essen in April, which is believed to have been religiously motivated.
Yesterday the police arrested in neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate a suspected member of the group “Islamic State” after receiving information about a planned attack during a match of the football championship of Germany.