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German police arrest suspected ISIL top man in the country

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By Robert Hackwill
German police arrest suspected ISIL top man in the country

<p>German police have raided several homes in northern and western Germany in a co-ordinated operation, along with a mosque in Hildesheim near Hanover and arrested five people close to <span class="caps">ISIL</span>. The mosque has been on police radar for some time as a hotbed of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salafi_movement">Salafist</a> Islam.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">400 cops including <span class="caps">SEK</span> raid Salafi Mosque in Hildesheim, Germany. Preachers there called for Jihad and Hijra. <a href="https://t.co/6oqJ1L6Rux">https://t.co/6oqJ1L6Rux</a></p>— Björn Stritzel (@bjoernstritzel) <a href="https://twitter.com/bjoernstritzel/status/758418140061663232">July 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>They include an Iraqi national, Abu Walaa, known as “the preacher without a face”, and described by an informant, a 22-year-old former <span class="caps">ISIL</span> fighter who fled to Turkey before returning to Germany, as the extremist group’s number one in the country. All are accused of recruiting for the organisation.</p> <p>Also arrested were a 50-year-old Turk, a 36-year-old man with German and Serb nationality and two men in their twenties from Germany and Cameroon.</p>