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German Raids Net Data on Islamic Militants but No Suspects

The police raided some 80 buildings throughout Germany today as part of an ongoing crackdown on Hizb ut-Tahrir, or the Party of Liberation, a militant Islamic group that was banned here after the terror attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The coordinated raids, which began at 6:00 a.m., were aimed at collecting computer disks, mailing lists and publications of the group, including the German magazine Explizit, according to the the Interior Ministry. There were no reports of arrests. The German government has accused the group of propagating anti-Semitism and urging violence against Jews. The Web site operated by the group, which is particularly strong in German universities, with substantial numbers of Muslim students, declares that its chief aim is to put Islamic leaders into power in Arab countries, though it says it pursues peaceful methods. “Today’s measures are a clear warning to everyone that we will act against violent propaganda and anti-Semitic agitation,” the German interior minister, Otto Schily, said. “This organization wishes to sow hate and violence.” Full Story

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