Authorities warned of possible jihadist attacks on rail facilities in Berlin and Dresden. Over 200 police officers conducted raids on 12 radical Salafist properties in Berlin, including a mosque, last night, arresting two people suspected of recruiting and fundraising for the Islamic State. One of the the suspects, Ismet D., 41 and of Turkish origin, is thought to lead “an Islamist extremist group made up of Turkish and Russia nationals from Chechnya and Dagestan.” The raids followed months of investigation into Berlin-based extremists, including five Turkish citizens suspected of money laundering and “preparing a serious act of violence against the state in Syria.” Authorities arrested a German-Tunisian man in Wolfsburg who had returned from Syria and is suspected of membership in the Islamic State. Police raided apartments of a number of Islamists in Pforzheim who were thought to be planning a “significant subversive attack.”
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