German police raid Islamists
Berlin - German police staged raids on Tuesday on buildings linked to radical Islamist groups in three towns and seized material that could be used as evidence of unconstitutional activities, the Interior Ministry said.
The swoops took place in western towns Moenchengladbach, Braunschweig and Bremen and were aimed at the groups "Invitation to Paradise" and the "Islamic Culture Centre Bremen".
The Interior Ministry said there was no connection between the raids and a heightened security alert in place since mid-November when Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned of an increased threat from Islamic extremists.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said the two groups were suspected of opposing Germany's constitutional order.
He said it remains to be seen if the raids uncovered evidence to confirm the initial suspicions.