Nearly nine years after the September 11 attacks, German police have closed down a mosque once frequented by some of the hijackers.
Authorities claim the Taiba Mosque in Hamburg is again being used to recruit jihadists. The cultural centre that runs it has also been banned.
According to state Interior Minister Christoph Ahlhaus, young people involved with the mosque and the cultural association have been groomed, radicalised and prepared for so-called holy war.
“We can’t accept this happening in front of our eyes, right in the middle of Hamburg,” he said.
After cordoning off the premises and conducting a search, police confiscated material, including computers.
Formerly known as the Al-Quds Mosque, the building has remained under close surveillance since the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States.
The leader of the group which targeted the World Trade Centre was Egyptian-born Mohammed Atta. He studied at a technical university in Hamburg in the 1990s and prayed at the mosque along with other plotters.
It is claimed its notoriety then made the mosque a magnet for radical Muslims and that some pursued plans to enrol in militant training camps abroad.