Hundreds of German police officers searched about 190 offices, mosques and apartments of members and supporters of the Islamic group “The true religion” as the government announced a ban of the organization Tuesday.
Police raided places in 60 cities in western Germany and also in Berlin seizing documents and files, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. Police made no arrests, government officials told Fox News.
Police said they also found communications equipment, machetes, tasers, knives and knuckle dusters.
The group — also known as “Read!” — has been distributing German-language copies of the Quran across the country. The interior minister said that more than 140 youths had traveled to Syria and Iraq to join fighters there after having participated in the group’s campaigns in Germany.
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