Germany raids on Islamic extremists

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BERLIN, June 28, (AP): German police conducted raids across the country Tuesday targeting individuals and premises believed to be linked to a banned Islamic extremist group. Authorities say the group’s goal is to establish an Islamic state in Germany that rejects democracy and uses religious texts as the sole basis for all laws.

Police raid a building in Hildesheim, Germany, on Wednesday. Authorities say police have raided a mosque believed to be a “hot spot” for Islamic extremists in the city as well as the apartments of eight leading members of the “German-speaking Islam Circle Hildesheim” organization. | AP

The dpa news agency reported that officers searched dozens of locations in six German states, arresting three people. Prosecutors say a total of 41 people are accused of membership in the banned group known as the “Caliphate State.”

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