From the German edition of The Local
A group of armed Chechen men have beaten or threatened several women in Berlin in recent weeks for not abiding by their retrograde understanding of the Quran, Tagesspiegel reports.
Two young Chechen women have been beaten up by the group, sustaining serious injuries, while two more have been threatened and chased. A man has also been attacked and beaten, the Berlin daily reported on Wednesday after interviewing several victims. The newspaper has also seen a video made by the group and distributed within the capital’s Chechen community.
In the video, a masked man points a gun at the camera. He claims that some Chechen women in Europe are doing “unspeakable” things, adding that “we will punish them” if the occasion presents itself. Claiming that the group has 80 members who have sworn their allegiance on the Quran, the man threatens: “We are coming onto the streets. Don’t say you weren’t warned. Don’t say you didn’t know.” From a translation of the original report in German in Der Tagelspeiel the masked man said more - ""As-salamu alaykum, Muslim brothers and sisters, you know it, I know it, everyone knows it." In Europe, some "Chechen women and men who look like women are ineffable things." If we have the opportunity to do so, "we will take action".
Members of the Chechen community told Tagesspiegel that the group consists of up to 100 members, that they are armed, and that their leaders have experience in war.
Berlin police have refused to comment on the story, and were not available when The Local tried to reach them on Wednesday morning.
Also from the on-line translation
Statistically, it is not possible to determine whether Chechens are more prominent because there is no Chechen citizenship. The Sunni people from the Caucasus also live not only in Chechnya, Russia, but also in Dagestan and Ingushetia - they have Russian passports. In addition, Chechnya come from Georgia, rarely from Kazakhstan. It is assumed that the Chechen war between the Muslim separatists and the Russian government contributed to the radicalization after the end of the Soviet Union.
Der Tagesspiege has an interview with one of the victims but it is behind their paywall.
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