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Islamist extremists hide huge stockpile of weapons near German mosque
The stash was in a greengrocers - and in fairness in an urban area the setting could probably have equally accurately been described as 'near a launderette'.
From the Express
The weapons arsenal was discovered during a top secret raid by a SWAT team in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Local politician Ismail Tipi revealed details of the raid and warned of “the danger of fundamentalists”.
The weapons were found in a cold room of a greengrocer near a mosque.
The state is the most populous state in Germany with nearly 18million people in the area, which includes Dusseldorf.
He said: “According to my information, a weapons arsenal with war grade weapons was found in this search. The danger of fundamentalist Salafists who are ready to use violence arming themselves in Germany is very large. This secret raid finding this weapons cache makes this more than clear.”
Mr Tipi, who is said to have received death threats for his comments against jihadis, raised concerns sleeper cells are gearing up for a terror attack on Germany.
“Through the weapons arsenal, the sleeper cells and militant jihadis can be armed with weapons and prepare for their likely attack. This is exactly what I have always feared. . . Politicians must speak clearly about this.If these fears are substantiated, we can assume that secret weapons arsenals are being set up for a big terrorist attack not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. It would be a dereliction of duty if we didn’t recognise this danger and find these weapons arsenals."
Security chief Hans-George Maassen said the BfV domestic intelligence agency had thwarted a number of attacks and has carried out exercises to prepare for terrorism.
Three Syrian men were earlier this month suspected of planning large-scale attacks in Dusseldorf.
Mr Maaseen said the agency was also vigilant for potential lone-wolf attacks, self-radicalised individuals, and possible militants smuggled in under the cover of over one million refugees that have entered Germany over the past year. He said authorities had identified clear evidence against 17 individuals who had entered Germany disguised as refugees, and most were either dead or had been arrested.
He said: ”We must keep a particularly close eye on this group of people.”