More than 700 police raided apartments and mosques across Germany today in a crackdown on a Islamic extremist organisation suspected of aiding terrorists.
The raids were the culmination of a long-term investigation against 20 people suspected of operating a criminal network based in the southern city of Ulm, said prosecutors in Munich.
The suspects are alleged to have raised money through smuggling and producing false papers to “pursue their ideological goals,” officials said .
They “equipped people with false documents, making possible illegal residency in the country and outside, and supported other like-minded groups,” the statement said.
“In addition, they are accused of spreading their beliefs in racial hatred and recruiting people for jihad.”
Fifty buildings were searched, including apartments, mosques and call centres in the states of Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, North Rhine Westphalia, Hessen and Berlin.
The raids were concentrated on the cities of Ulm, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Bonn. Police said ”many” arrests were made, but were not more specific.