Jihadists Targeted in Germany: Police Raid Homes of Suspected Islamists

Police have raided over a dozen properties across Germany in a major anti-terrorism operation. Their targets were radical Muslims who they suspect were wanting to wage jihad in Germany and abroad. Police carried out anti-terror raids across Germany on Wednesday, aimed at disrupting a network of Islamists who were allegedly trying to radicalize Germans and support jihad abroad. Around 130 officers raided 16 homes, clubs and publishing houses in Berlin, Bonn, Leipzig, Sindelfingen, Neu-Ulm and Ulm early on Wednesday morning. The Munich public prosecutor’s office, which is leading the investigation, said the raids were directed at Islamists who are suspected of “forming a criminal network.” The nine men are German nationals aged between 25 and 47. Most of them are of immigrant background. The men are accused of trying to radicalize Muslims and non-Muslims in the period since September 2005. According to investigators, their base was a former community center called the Multicultural House in Neu-Ulm, a notorious meeting point for radical Islamists.