The raids, in the western cities of Moenchengladbach, Braunschweig and Bremen, were aimed at Salafist groups Invitation to Paradise and Islamic Culture Center Bremen, ministry spokesman Stefan Paris said in a statement.
The two are suspected of “wanting to create an Islamic theocracy and working against the democratic order of Germany,” he added.
“It is necessary and important not to wait for a militant struggle in the form of jihad before intervening against unconstitutional groups,” Paris said.
A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy, said dozens of private homes were searched, as well as religious schools, a small publishing house and a store belonging to Invitation to Paradise that sells face-covering veils for women and caftans for men.
Of course, they say that “they have done anything illegal”. Well, if they were working against the democratic order of Germany to create an Islamic throcracy, clearly they have.
One of the groups targeted is “Invitation to Paradise” (Einladung zum Paradies) group: