9/11 Terror Mosque Shut: Hamburg Officials Raid Alleged Islamist Recruiting Site
German police on Monday closed a mosque that had been a meeting place for the 9/11 terror cell. They believe the mosque continued to promote jihad and may have been a staging site for Islamist extremists living in Germany who have traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan to participate in militant camps.
Hamburg authorities on Monday closed the Taiba mosque, which had been the place of worship for the terrorist cell responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. The city said the mosque had been closed in response to a ban that had been applied to the Arab cultural association which ran it, called the Arab-German Cultural Association.
Twenty police and several undercover investigators marched up to the building early on Monday morning and removed the locks using a drill. "The investigators are searching the mosque for further evidence and are seizing computers and other equipment," a spokesperson said.
Formerly known as the Al-Quds mosque, Taiba was the meeting place of several of the perpetrators on the 9/11 terror attacks. Officials at Hamburg's Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the state intelligence agency, say that the Taiba mosque continues to be the main pole of attraction for the local jihadist scene, with around 45 members.
Investigators believe that the mosque was the base used in the past year by a group of 10 Hamburg-base jihadists who traveled to Pakistan or Afghanistan, purportedly to participate in military training camps. They claim that at least one of those men later became a part of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) terrorist group in Pakistan.
dsl -- with wires
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