Hundreds of police in Germany raided, searched and closed a mosque and eight homes, and banned the organization “German Islamic Circle of Hildesheim” on March 14.
Concerning the ban and dissolution of the association, Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) said: "With the ban on the organization, a hotspot of the radical salafist scene in Germany was destroyed." Muslims were targeted for indoctrination there to mobilize them to leave for Syria and Iraq, according to Pistorius. They were incited in the mosque of the DIK [German Islamic Circle] to the IS and to commit the most serious crimes. "The ban is a hard and important blow against Islamists in Lower Saxony.”
The German government announced Tuesday it had banned an Islamic group, "The True Religion," which is suspected of targeting teenagers to radicalize to fight in Syria and Iraq. At the same time, police raided about 190 offices, storehouses, mosques and apartments of members and supporters.
In searches in 60 cities in western Germany and in Berlin, police seized documents, hard drives, smartphones and weapons, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. Nobody was detained.