Police search Berlin properties linked to Christmas attacker’s mosque

Published February 28th, 2017 - 02:00 GMT
German police have conducted raids on apartments, two company premises and six jail cells in two Berlin prisons. (AFP/File)
German police have conducted raids on apartments, two company premises and six jail cells in two Berlin prisons. (AFP/File)

German authorities raided Tuesday sites linked to the mosque association attended by Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri, in an operation involving 460 police personnel.

The police raids took place in 24 separate properties and started at 6 am (0500 GMT) in different parts of the German capital, according to a police spokesman.

Raids were conducted on apartments, two company premises and six jail cells in two Berlin prisons.

The Fussilet mosque association apparently permanently closed down one week ago, according to notes posted on the door of the prayer rooms.

According to authorities, the association was a meeting point for extremists. Money collections were also made at the mosque to support terrorist attacks in Syria.

Amri visited the mosque a number of times, before killing a Polish truck driver on December 19 and steering the vehicle into a Berlin Christmas market killing a further 11 people and injuring more than 50 others.

A ban on the Fussilet mosque group had been under review since 2015 but after a city worker dealing with the case fell ill, the ban was delayed.


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