BERLIN — German police raided the homes of two alleged Islamic extremists suspected of raising funds to support terror attacks and recruiting militants for paramilitary training in Pakistan’s border region, officials said Wednesday.
About 30 officers carried out raids on three apartments and a studio in the cities of Ulm and Bonn, seizing computers and documents, police and prosecutors in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.
No arrests were made because there was no imminent threat or risk of the suspects leaving the country to avoid prosecution, Stuttgart prosecution spokeswoman Claudia Krauth said. No formal charges had been filed against them.
They said the suspects — a 29-year-old German of Syrian descent and a 27-year-old German convert to Islam — are known to be active in the local Islamist scene and have been under investigation since June 2010.
“They were recruiting others to undergo training in a terror camp in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Krauth said.
Krauth added that the raid had long been planned and that there was no imminent danger of an attack.
“We hope to understand who donated how much money for those activities and to understand where that money went,” she said.
Intelligence officials have said that several Germans have been — or currently are — undergoing paramilitary training in a terror camp in Pakistan’s lawless Waziristan region.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, says that about 225 people who are German citizens or have lived in Germany, have undergone paramilitary training in Afghanistan or Pakistan since the 1990s. A group of 10 recruits is known to have left the northern port city Hamburg in 2009.
One of them, Ahmed Siddiqui, was arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan last year. He provided interrogators details of an early stage terrorist plot in Europe last year, which led the U.S. and others to issue a travel alert for Europe.
Independently, German police in April arrested three suspected al-Qaida members in the western city of Duesseldorf allegedly working on making a shrapnel-laden bomb to attack a crowded place. Authorities believe the cell’s alleged ringleader trained in a terror camp in Pakistan.
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The most precious and beautiful of all creations is woman. Allah SWT has made woman in a unique way. She can bear enormous pains and yet she is so delicate. She is fragile like the petals of flower but has enormous tolerance.
Woman is created to manifest the love of Allah SWT for His creatures. She is the most precious pearl and her fragrance of love for her children is mesmerizing. Let us suppose you had a precious gem in your collection. Would you keep it on the shelf and pray that it should remain safe? Or would you prefer it to be kept safe in your front pocket? You might check often with your hands and feel its presence. You will feel much better knowing that it is in safe place and no one can steal it.
Women’s modesty is exactly as much precious as that stone in your pocket is and even more. It is more precious than anything else in this world is so it is you – who should take care. Keep it safe and away from hideous people. Let no thief steal that is most precious and Allah SWT has gifted you. If a woman can evaluate her own worth and value – If a woman can see her own beauty the way she is looked upon – if only she could understand her strength that heaven is in the dust of her feet – she would keep herself veiled.
Beauty is not in manifestation of sexuality to prove your individuality. Beauty is skin deep; in fact, it is the beauty of soul and heart and spirit. It is so valuable and valued that no one in this whole universe and beyond can claim the same. Your Creator knows your anatomy and the needs deep within your heart. Allah SWT knows your deepest desires and He SWT created you from the best part of man, the ribs. Neither from the head nor from the feet but the closer to the heart to let them know – you, is his better half – neither low nor superior.
If you veil yourself then it is clear declaration that you are aware of your worth. You are evaluating, YOU, and know exactly how to treasure yourself. Modesty is ornament not enslavement and you know how to look beautiful adorned in your special way.
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