German police arrest suspected ISIL supporters

A 58-year-old Pakistani man was arrested on suspicion that he smuggled two fighters from Germany to Syria, while a 31-year-old German was detained on suspicion of recruiting three other potential fighters

German police arrest suspected ISIL supporters

World Bulletin/News Desk

German police arrested several men suspected of supporting militant groups, including ISIL, and raided numerous properties in a large operation, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Some 240 police officers took part in the sweep, which targeted a network believed to support militants in Syria.

A 58-year-old Pakistani man, Mirza Tamoor B., was arrested on suspicion that he smuggled two fighters from Germany to Syria, while a 31-year-old German, Kais B. O., was detained on suspicion of recruiting three other potential fighters and helping them to travel to Syria, prosecutors said.

The two are also believed to have sent more than 3,000 euros ($3,700) to support ISIL and other radical groups.

Local media reported that several other men were arrested on more minor charges, including robbing churches and schools to provide money for militants.

German intelligence authorities estimate at least 450 people have left Germany for Syria and around 150 have returned. Many are being criminally investigated.

Last Mod: 12 Kasım 2014, 12:19
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