German police raid suspected Hezbollah members in Hanover
German police have carried out raids against suspected members of the pro-Iranian Lebanese organization Hezbollah, searching at least 20 properties, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe said on Thursday.
The raids are in coordination with other raids against suspected Islamists in seven German states, which have been ongoing since Thursday morning, the office said.
The authorities are targeting five suspects, allegedly linked to the Shiite militia organization, which is banned in Germany. No arrests were made.
According to the investigations so far, the suspects allegedly worked for the Hezbollah organization for several years. They are suspected of having held leading positions in two organizations controlled by Hezbollah.
“Today’s measures serve to objectify the existing suspicions,” a statement from the prosecutor’s office said.
These raids are directed at the Islamic Centre Hamburg (IZH), which could potentially result in the controversial organization being banned.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that the IZH had long been under observation by Germany’s domestic intelligence service, known as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, and had been categorized as Islamist.