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Fake suicide vest prompts Salafist raids

The Local · 14 Jun 2012, 16:30

Published: 14 Jun 2012 16:30 GMT+02:00

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"The vest is a further sign of the organisation's underlying aggression," said documents from the interior ministry seen by AFP.

The Berliner Zeitung reported that the vest was found in the flat of former rapper and Salafist convert - formerly called Denis Cuspert but now known as Abu Talha al-Almani. He is considered one of the most effective preachers and propagandist of militant Jihad in Germany.

Officers also found audio and video messages in which the now banned Millatu Ibrahim network proclaimed war against democracy and threatened "unbelievers".

Around 1,000 police officers were deployed in raids on radical Salafist Islamist groups across Germany, with reports suggesting around 70 addresses were targeted in seven states.

Salafist groups the Dawaffm, Millatu Ibrahim and Die Wahre Religion (The True Religion) were the particular focus of the raids which were carried out in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Berlin, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich banned the Solingen-based Salafist mosque network Millatu Ibrahim - where the vest was found – at the same time.

"This association is against our constitutional order and against the philosophy of understanding between nations," he said on Thursday morning.

"I believe this shows that a constitutional democracy is capable of responding to those who want to eliminate freedom and democracy," Friedrich said.

Salafism is considered the fastest-growing branch of Islam in Germany and is considered radical, and even dangerous, for its fundamental views. Believers want a theocracy governed by Sharia or Islamic religious law.

A Salafist group started an initiative this year to give away free copies of the Koran to anyone in Germany who wanted one - a move which attracted criticism although it was entirely peaceful.

Strict Salafists reject social liberality and try to live what they see as “pure” Islamic lives, imitating how they consider the early Muslims lived – they would see all women completely veiled, and regard homosexuality as a serious sin. It is thought there are around 4,000 believers in Germany.

It became clear that their influence could be deadly after Arid Uka, a Kosovan German Salafist believer was jailed for life in February for killing two American soldiers at Frankfurt Airport in March 2011.

The extreme right-wing group Pro-NRW provoked confrontation with Salafists in Cologne ahead of last month’s North Rhine-Westphalia state election, holding up cartoons of Mohammed outside mosques.

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Furious Salafists even attacked the police, with one man stabbing two policemen during one stand-off.

At one point an Islamist published a video message calling for the murder of Pro-NRW supporters and journalists.

Last weekend around 300 Salafists demonstrated in Cologne without incident.

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Your comments about this article

09:26 June 14, 2012 by Bilderberg
This situation has the potential to become very ugly and dangerous. I do not understand why any nation would allow this type of extreme belief system to be a part of the society.
09:52 June 14, 2012 by mobaisch
"A Salafist group started an initiative this year to give away free copies of the Koran to anyone in Germany who wanted one - a move which attracted criticism although it was entirely peaceful. "

Wowwwwww! how dangerous.. its so scary!! germans should start finding shelters. the dangerous shadow of a free copy is haunting us!!

09:52 June 14, 2012 by amithrao
These activities should be stopped at initial level itself . If allowed to grow germans may have to pay a heavy price later..
10:38 June 14, 2012 by staggerlee
Mobaish, the quote "entirely peaceful" is a normative statement which anyone with a reasonable mind calls to question. Salafists have encouraged physical confrontation and violence. How do I know? It happened to me, A friend of mine and I were attacked by one. Our crime? He saw us walking out of a pub. He broke 3 bones in my face and gave me a concussion and I have permanent nerve damage and damage to several teeth. More than a few witnesses saw this event and all say the same thing....that not only did I not provoke him, or even talk to him, but in fact I was trying to get away from him...which I was. People consider me to be a peaceful person , and I'd like to think I am tolerant, non-confrontational and I certainly abhor violence. To see this man still walking the street, ( I literally see him on the street) after such brutal attack that resulted in a long hopital stay, and even longer road to recovery has left me not only scarred and scared , but also confused as to how the German judical system could be so tolerant to an attacker who could have easily ended my existence.
12:18 June 14, 2012 by Dyderich
As to the poster above....Take a free book, burn it or just tear pages out and see what happens to you :) After all, its just a book right? Right? I mean its not like they would try to kill you? Right?

As for the rest...Wake up Germany! You can open your arms to every person on the planet and welcome them to your bossom as your flock of sheep and enjoy the result of your misguided thinking that everyone will love you and treat you with the same respect that you treat them (or more accurately cower from them since Germany is so self absorbed with never offending anyone ever again).

Personally...if you come to Germany to live, you are coming with the intent that you accept German Citizenship and all its principles - If you do not want to integrate into German society, then why come to Germany at all? Stay in your own country, enjoy the benefits of your own culture and stay away from those "other" countries that you will not want to integrate into. No mess, No Foul...Easy really.
13:04 June 14, 2012 by Johnne
Extremeism should be unacceptable everywhere in every way..that´s why the Neo -Nazi groups should be banned as well. So they know how to ban extreme right-wing groups without some "constitutuional amendments" but they cannot ban the Neo-Nazis for over 5 decades? how many years have the salafists started misbehaving in Germany? 2 or 3 years? or even less? BAN NEO NAZIS NOW AS WELL!!!
14:09 June 14, 2012 by ChrisRea
Johnne is right, extremism (Christian, Muslim or of other type) is unacceptable. I believe we all still remember the tragic deaths of so many Muslims that were killed in Germany because of their religion.

@ staggerlee

How do you know that the aggressor was Salafist? Did you have a theological debate first? How do you know that the aggression was motivated by religion differences? I am pretty sure there are Christians or Shinto (pick any other religion you want) that attacked other peaceful people - does that make the entire religion violent? I cannot understand your reasoning.

@ Dyderich

Salafist does not necessarily mean immigrant. Religious extremism knows no nationality.
15:13 June 14, 2012 by raandy
comment # 2 You conveniently forgot to add the following from the article:

"German Salafist believer was jailed for life in February for killing two American soldiers at Frankfurt Airport in March 2011."

"Furious Salafists even attacked the police, with one man stabbing two policemen during one stand-off. "

""Wowwwwww! how dangerous.. its so scary!! germans should start finding shelters. the dangerous shadow of a free copy is haunting us!!"""


hypocrites come in all forms and sizes, mentality and social status, thanks for your insightful comment.
15:24 June 14, 2012 by MrPC
@ Johnne

The difference of course is that the neo-nazis are mostly germans and the muslim "extremists" are immigrants and part of a world wide terrorist struggle to establish Sharia law everywhere. We have enough on our hands trying to deal with the nazis.
15:31 June 14, 2012 by McM
And to think what it costs for 1000 police to waste their time because of some pathetic belief indoctrination penned centuries ago for the purpose of mass spiritual control and a bunch of provocative cartoon fans who have nothing better to do than run around bating them. Pathetic weak humans trying to justify an even more pathetic way of life. Put all this time money and effort into building schools, kindergardens hospitals or helping more social needy members of our world and move on from this prehistoric crap.
15:43 June 14, 2012 by catjones
Next thing they'll flood the market with their priests, open up churches and religious schools, start preaching their so-called bible saying it's the word of their god and then demand that one day each week should be devoted to their religion. Then where will we be?
15:51 June 14, 2012 by staggerlee
Chris Rea,

I know because the case went to court. Where he also refused recognize the authority of the court. The Judge did make this comment to him... and I paraphrase....'You don't recognize the authority of the court, but you are unemployed and receiving government benefits, which you are happy to recognize.

I understand that there are extremist East, M.E. and West, it comes from all backgrounds. I respect Islam as long as it does not infringe in any way to my freedoms and beliefs. In my case , it did infringe . I just wish that the same respect would be extended in return. I am tolerant and respectful, I am a dove, not a hawk, basically you'd call me a peace freak. I respect all belief systems as long as they protect women, children, are based on the rule of law, respect life, and human dignity, and individual civil rights, etc. Can the same be said for those who want to impose Sharia law on me??
16:08 June 14, 2012 by Johnne

But that doesn´t justify neglecting the fact that Neo-Nazis are equaly a major threat as the Salafists...it´s like paying more attention on "immigrant" crimes, while more national security threathning crimes are being committed by natives. And from what I see, a large number of the Salafists are actually German born and bread...jaaa maybe some are of "immigrant descent" but we all know that Germans of today/this generation can be Turkish, Arab, Latino, Asian, African or even North American. Infact in the case of Germany, discrimination, hostility, tactical dis-integration of ethnic groups, and the freedom of Neo-Nazism in this country adds to the radicalization of some those muslims. All these Salafist whatever started getting worse and so violent after the exposure of the killings of the muslims/immigrants by the right extremist groups. I don´t think one must be a muslim before being angered by those killings and the freedom those extremists still enjoy in this country. It´s still of my opinion that ALL those groups be banned.
16:14 June 14, 2012 by bramblebush
"Salafist groups the Dawaffm, Millatu Ibrahim and Die Wahre Religion (The True Religion)"

Salafist, let me be the 1st one to tell you that your religion, just like all religions, are merely superstitions based on ancient myths. In other words, your religions is $hit.

You are welcome.
16:36 June 14, 2012 by MrPC
There are those that argue that it is Islam itself that is extremist. All the muslim terrorists are very religious and justify their actions by the Koran which is what makes them so dangerous and virulent. Willful islamic neanderthals on a power trip are trying to supplant western culture with their own brand of fascism. The real people to blame are the politicians who admit muslims into the EU on the rationale that most of them are mainstream and at least germany needs cheap labor. Now the bill is coming due and we're all paying with our quality of life.
16:58 June 14, 2012 by hanskarl
Tearing up a Christian pamphlet, throwing it on the ground or throwing it in the trash right in front of the believers at a Büchertisch in the local Marktplatz seems fairly normal and it does not create a violent response. It depends on what one means by extremism. The term in our postmodern society has become fairly mitbezeichnen versus its original bezeichnen when there was a basis or a benchmark for norms and mores in society.

I would much rather not walk out of a pub and end up with broken bones for no apparent reason and then be told this was done out of "love"? This is the epitome of fanaticism and like the explosive vests must be dealt with severely. Internal national security is at stake in Germany and across the EU.

Those who worship diversity and inclusivism are the ones who are deluded, not the general public who see right through this warped theology.
18:09 June 14, 2012 by Englishted

Sorry but I don't know

"I believe we all still remember the tragic deaths of so many Muslims that were killed in Germany because of their religion."

Is this about those killed by the "nazi underground " or what ever they were called?

Because I thought that was about colour not religion ,didn't they murder a Greek by mistake based on his colour.

Please tell if I am on the wrong track and explain which deaths you refer .

18:14 June 14, 2012 by marimay
It is funny how easily the media has turned a lot of people paranoid against another group of people while far more sinister things are happening amongst their own governments.

They know people are easily distracted.
21:28 June 14, 2012 by Bilderberg

Do not be silly, please. Certainly you recognize,extremism, even when disguised in sheep costumes? It is because of naivity such as yours that extremists are everywhere rather than staying home in their extremist countries. Multiculturism is fine, but this type of extremism exploits the efforts of societies to embrace others. If I may use this word, evil is the term that describes this extremism. We have seen this evil in prior times and have fails to name it and send it away or destroy it and the message it brings.

You must wake up. It is silly to trust .
23:39 June 14, 2012 by Russell E. Willis
Romans 15:19 ( KJV; 1611 EDITION ) reads as follows:

"Through mighty signes and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God , so that from Hierusalem and round about vnto Illyricum , I haue fully preached the Gospel of Christ."

A true gospel preacher preaches the gospel of Christ. The man formerly known as Denis Cuspert is not a gospel preacher.

Sincerely in Christ,

Russell E. Willis

P.S. - Please read Proverbs 23:23.
02:43 June 15, 2012 by raandy
bramblebush, your comment wasn't vert tactful, but I did like your punch line.
04:15 June 15, 2012 by lewis69
Its things like this that is the reason the skin heads are still around. I can see why they don't want these crazies in their countries. These salafist ideals are echoed by the main stream Muslim ideology.

I think immigration in general has too many downfalls on the grounds that we may lose our unique European cultures and our unique and in my opinion beautiful ethnicity.

Every other race has brownish skin, hair and eyes I think more should be done to preserve our race for the future not on the grounds of hate for others but on the grounds of love for our own people.
09:57 June 15, 2012 by mobaisch
@ staggerlee

your words were very painful as you described what happened. If this happened to any one from any one in this planet, the second one should not be put to jail , if he is from another such country and did it based on biased belief or opinion, HE SHOULD BE KICKED OUT OF THE COUNTRY IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

If the german system did not help you, then you should help your self. I am sorry it could come to this, but you should take some reaction (I apologize again, i do not believe in revenging) but you should do something! because based on his motives, he would do it to other people. Some could be helpless and some would be hurt more than you. HE SHOULD BE STOPPED! THINK OF A WAY PLEASE! do not ignore it.
11:43 June 15, 2012 by William Thirteen
regardless of the source of their religious beliefs, their plan to use violence to achieve political aims places them in direct conflict with the State. The State reserves this power for itself. I would be interested to know the provenance and use of the 'fake suicide vest'. Was it perhaps provided by agents of the BKA? Or were these individuals actually 'practicing' with their dummy vest?
18:46 June 15, 2012 by Bilderberg
@those posting who support salsa fist and their agenda


You can read some additional articles here.

This group of radicals has no intention of integrating or being civilized in Germany or any other country. The world does not have to tolerate this kind of attitude and it would be wise, in my opinion, if every single salafist was immediately removed from countries they have immigrat to and were returned to their home country.

If they despise other religions as much as it seems they do and if they are willing to act so aggressively toward people who do not wish to have their information......then go home. Get the hell out and don't let the door hit you in the ass as you leave!
00:13 June 16, 2012 by ChrisRea
@ Englishted #17

Yes, most of the neo-Nazi crimes exposed last year had to do with victims having a different religion, nationality and sometimes colour (not the case of the Greek though; if you check his pictures on the net, you can see that he was as white as a typical German). The words "Gott mit uns" promoted by Hitler is still in use in the neo-Nazi circles.

But they are only part of hate crimes targeting Muslims. Maybe one of the most discussed case was that of Marwa El-Sherbini (Dresden, 2009), killed in court. These type of crimes I am referring to.

@ staggerlee #12

Ah, so you had the theological debate in court? Or is it that if he looked like a Muslim, then he must be a Muslim? And if he is a Muslim, then he is for sure a Salafist? And then you claim to be victimised because your story did not convince the court, even if he supposedly did not recognise the authority of the court? Sorry, your story does not really add up. And again, if a member of a religion/sect/religious group behaves in a way, it means that all members of that religion/sect/religious group are the same? I hope you realise how many Christians committed crimes (sometimes claiming that they are made in the name of Christianity) and that does not make the religion itself criminal.
10:11 June 16, 2012 by soros
It's time we recall that Muslims were also part of the SS. Nazis and Salafists are of the same racist, intolerant, imperialistic, and fanatical type. They collaborated with the Nazis and still share similar anti-democratic values. Ban them all.

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