Germany bans fund-raising group over Islamist ‘terror financing’

Germany on Wednesday banned a purported aid organisation, Ansaar International, accusing it of collecting donations to help finance terrorism worldwide.

Germany bans fund-raising group over Islamist 'terror financing'
Police stand in front of teh Ansaar office in Düsseldorf. credit: dpa | Marcel Kusch

The prohibition came along with a series of raids on properties in ten states, with investigators also seizing items.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer “has banned the association Ansaar International and its related organisations. The network finances terrorism worldwide with donations,” tweeted ministry spokesman Steve Alter.

“To fight terror, one must dry up its sources of money,” said Seehofer.

The NGO based in Düsseldorf says in its statutes that its purpose is to support projects for Muslims worldwide.

In 2018 alone, it collected 8 to 10 million euros in donations, according to its first chairman.

The interior ministry said however that the funds are in fact raised with the intention of financing foreign groups such as the Palestinian movement Hamas as well as the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab and Jabhat al-Nusra.

“Financial support, even for what at first glance appear to be charitable activities, secures the terrorist groups’ power and dominance in the
respective region, facilitates the recruitment of activists, and saves the terrorist group money, which in turn can be used to carry out the crimes it plans,” said the ministry.

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Police arrest 11 over terror attack plan

German police told the media that the goal of the attack was “to kill as many infidels as possible”.

Police arrest 11 over terror attack plan
Police conducted raids across the country in regard to the planned attack. Image: DPA

Eleven people have been arrested after a series of raids across the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse in relation to an upcoming terror plot. 

Police told the media that the goal of the attack was to “kill as many ‘infidels” as possible” through the use of firearms and vehicles. 

A team of more than 200 police carried out raids in several German cities early on Friday morning. 

The police would not reveal the planned date of the attack, however they allege that the attack was well past the planning stage. 

The Islamist group had already organised to rent a large vehicle, while money had been raised and weapons dealers had been contacted. 

The search found a wealth of evidence in relation to the planned attack, including €20,000 in cash, several knives, narcotic drugs and computer files. 

The main suspects are two 31-year-old brothers from Wiesbaden and a 21-year old man from Offenbach. 

The defendants are set to be brought before the court in Frankfurt on Friday afternoon to decide on a remand order. 

German authorities have foiled a number of potential or planned terror attacks all over the country in recent years, with authorities stepping up their efforts in the two and a half years since the Berlin Christmas Market terrorist attack





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