Publish date18 Feb 2020 - 13:50
Story Code : 451942

German terror cell planned attacks on mosques

A far-right terror cell planned attacks on six mosques across Germany but was dismantled by the police last week following a tip from an informant, local media reported on Monday.
German terror cell planned attacks on mosques
The group’s leading figure Werner S. made concrete plans to attack politicians, refugees, and Muslims to provoke a civil-war-like situation in the country, German press agency DPA reported, based on information from investigators.
Twelve members of the group were arrested after a series of raids on Friday in the federal states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North-Rhine Westphalia, Rheinland-Palatinate, and Saxony Anhalt.
Germany has witnessed growing Islamophobia in recent years, triggered by the propaganda of far-right parties.
Dozens of mosques across the country have received bomb threats, sparking worries among the country’s Muslim population.
Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin.
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