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BERLIN – German police forces on Thursday shut down a mosque in the southwestern city of Stuttgart for promoting terrorism and raising funds to support the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), officials reported.
Some of the parishioners of the same mosque are believed to have traveled to Syria to fight for ISIS.
Also on Thursday, the German police raided the so-called Islamic Educational and Cultural Center (Mesdschid Sahabe ‘MSM’) in Stuttgart.
The center was closed on grounds of conducting terrorist offenses by radicalizing young people and stimulating them to join the ranks of ISIS in an alleged holy war.
“The association supports, in the form of the so-called Islamic State, an Islamist group that carries out religiously-motivated attacks against persons and property,” said Reinhold Gall, the interior minister of Baden-Wurttemberg state.
“Through the association, donations have been collected for terrorist groups and fighters recruited for the conflict in Syria. In addition, the association and its members glorify jihad and religiously motivated terrorism,” Gall was quoted by AFP as saying. “We do not tolerate associations that advocate the use of violence to promote religious concerns and collect donations for terrorist groups.”
According to the Interior Ministry, more than 670 people have left Germany to fight for ISIS in Syria and Iraq since 2012.
Reporting by: Mahmoud Issa