German police search extremist group's sites

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24 November 2005, INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - German police searched 26 sites Wednesday in a crackdown on a provincial Islamic group believed to support the banned Caliphate State extremist organization.

24 November 2005

INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - German police searched 26 sites Wednesday in a crackdown on a provincial Islamic group believed to support the banned Caliphate State extremist organization.

Caliphate State seeks the overthrow of democracy in Turkey. Its leader, Metin Kaplan, is serving a life term in Turkey after being expelled from Germany.

In Ingolstadt, 60 kilometres north of Munich, and another nearby city, 90 police searched a mosque, homes and offices.

They said 22 persons were suspected of regular meetings at a place they had rented as a house of prayer. They are suspected of re- establishing the banned Ingolstadt Islamic Centre, a Caliphate group. Flags, books, videotapes and computers were seized.

Germany banned the Caliphate State organization in December 2001. It was estimated to have 800 supporters in Germany at the time. The group's leaders claim democracy is evil, and they propose to place the world under Islamist rule.

Anti-terrorist agencies say the Caliphate State organization is isolated and has no connection to other Islamist groups.

DPA

Subject: German news

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