Germany closed ‘9/11′ mosque as it was still a ‘central attraction’ for militantsAugust 10th, 2010 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug.10 (ANI): Authorities in Germany have said that they closed the Taiba Mosque in Hamburg, which is where the 9/11 plotters met, as it was still a ‘central attraction’ for militants.
The closing of the mosque comes a month after Norwegian police arrested three men accused of involvement with Al Qaeda - a Chinese Uigher, an Iraqi Kurd, and an Uzbek - and charged them with planning to build a peroxide-based bomb.
One of the arrests took place in Germany, the Christian Science Monitor (CSM) reports.The Hamburg mosque reportedly hosted Moroccans, Bosnians, Saudis, Egyptians, as well as Muslims from the Caucasus and Pakistan - and a host of German converts.
German authorities also told local media that Taiba mosque-goers were in touch with “radicals” in at least five other German cities, and that they spoke of becoming martyrs, though no plots or planned jihad are currently known.
Mosques are well known as centers of hospitality and equality, and various nationalities from around the world attend them. But they can develop reputations based on the character and message of the imam. (ANI)
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