South Asia and Beyond

Germany Bans Islamist Group

Germany has banned the Dusseldorf-based Islamist group Ansaar International and several of its sub-groups on suspicion that that they were funding the al-Nusra Front in Syira, Palestinian Hamas and the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia. Some of Ansaar’s missionary activities also violated German law.

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Raids were carried out across 10 German states and about half of the 90 people affected were in Dusseldorf. The sub-organisations although claimed to be functioning independently of Ansaar International were said to be financially dependent on one another, the main purpose being to disguise the flow of money.