View Full Version : German raids target 'violent Islamic extremists'

10-07-2009, 11:03 AM
-- German police on Wednesday conducted a "city-wide search" in Berlin, targeting "potentially violent Islamic extremists," a police spokeswoman told CNN.

While there is no "concrete" evidence of any attack plot, the raid is targeting people suspected of being involved in "jihadi training," according to the spokeswoman.

The Berlin raid began shortly after 6 a.m. (midnight ET) and was still ongoing by midday, she said.

Germany's capital has been on high alert after al Qaeda and the Taliban released threatening videos before Germany's recent national elections. The videos warned voters not to vote for leaders who want to keep the country's troops in Afghanistan.

The raid also follows an announcement last week by German prosecutors who said a 24-year-old German-Turkish man was arrested "on suspicion of spreading al Qaeda propaganda online and for procuring materials which could be used to make a bomb."

It is unclear if Wednesday's raid was connected to the arrest.

The suspect -- identified only as Adnan V. -- was arrested after searches of a flat in Offenbach and a business in Frankfurt turned up a small amount of an "explosive substance" and a home-made electronic device, prosecutors said Friday in a written statement.