German authorities ban Islamic extremist group
police guard outside the Islamic Society of Hildesheim (DIK) mosque after a raid in Hildesheim, Germany, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (Holger Hollemann/dpa via AP)
BERLIN — Authorities in northern Germany have banned an organization that they say was a ‘hot spot’ for Islamic extremists and searched a mosque that the group runs.
The state interior ministry in Lower Saxony on Tuesday announced a ban on the ‘German-speaking Islam Group Hildesheim,’ known by its German acronym DIK.
The group, based in the city of Hildesheim, was long known as a center for ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafists, and the mosque had been raided last year. Apartments also were searched Tuesday.
News agency dpa quoted Interior Minister Boris Pistorius as saying: ‘With the ban on the group, a hot spot of the radical Salafist scene in Germany has been dismantled.’
Authorities suspect that Muslims were radicalized in the organization and motivated to take part in jihad.