An Islamic extremist group banned in Germany

The group, based in the city of Hildesheim, was long known as a center for ultraconservative Muslims.

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Berlin, Mar 14: Authorities in northern Germany have banned an organiSation that they say was a 'hot spot' for Islamic extremists and searched a mosque that the group runs.

Muslims praying

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 on 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.

PTI

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