German police conduct raids to nab suspected IS supporters

Published : July 14, 2021 19:49 IST

Authorities carried out 10 search warrants across the German state of Hesse. Photo: Udo Herrmann/CHROMORANGE/picture alliance

Ten warrants were executed across the German state of Hesse on suspicion of financing a terror group. The accused include eight men and two women between the ages of 20 and 51.

Police in the German state of Hesse searched multiple locations in connection with investigations involving suspected "Islamic State" extremists, local authorities said on the morning of July 14. Ten search warrants were executed across the state “on suspicion of terrorist financing and the preparation of a serious, state-endangering act of violence”.

The accused included eight men and two women between the ages of 20 and 51, according to a statement by the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt am Main and the Hessian State Criminal Police Office. The accused, who held German, Afghan, Kosovar and Turkish citizenship, were accused of having financed the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria through donations. The police recovered cash and data carriers while executing the search.

“Due to the early intervention of the security authorities, there was no danger for the citizens at any time,” authorities said in the statement.

sc/sms (dpa, AFP)

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