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German police in terrorism sweep

German police in terrorism sweep
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German police have launched a series of raids across the country as part of investigations into support networks for Islamist extremists. Officers searched about 30 buildings in Germany and neighbouring Belgium. Germany has arrested a number of terrorism suspects since September 11 2001.

A police spokesman said the buildings searched were mainly businesses and homes but included some mosques. The raids were part of an investigation into two suspects, thought to be linked to Islamic terrorism, but also wanted in connection with money-laundering and tax evasion, he added.

In January, more than 700 officers were involved in raids that resulted in the detention of 22 suspected Islamist radicals.

Germany has made fighting alleged Islamist terrorism cells a priority, especially after the country was shocked to find some of the September 11 hijackers were based in the northern city of Hamburg.