Category: Germany

Mosque Used by 9/11 Attackers Closed

A Hamburg mosque once frequented by some of the Sept. 11 attackers was shut down Monday because German authorities believe the prayer house was again being used as a meeting point for Islamic radicals.

The Taiba mosque was closed and the cultural association that runs it was banned, Hamburg officials said in a statement.

”We have closed the mosque because it was a recruiting and meeting point for Islamic radicals who wanted to participate in so-called jihad or holy war,” said Frank Reschreiter, a spokesman for Hamburg’s state interior ministry.

Holocaust researchers press for Nazi files

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – It was a tantalizing sight for a Dutch researcher into the Holocaust: Tucked away among millions of files stood a cabinet with the records of Amsterdam’s wartime Jewish Council, the channel used by Nazi occupiers to convey anti-Semitic edicts in Holland. But the cabinet was off limits to J. Houwink ten Cate, just as all the contents of the archive in the German village of Bad Arolsen have been denied to academics seeking to document the Third Reich’s attempt to erase millions from history. “It was like walking into a bank vault and being told not to

‘Bloodbath’ at church in Germany

A man wielding a sword has killed a woman and injured at least three other people during a service at a church in southern Germany. Police said they found “grisly” scenes, including severed limbs, at the scene of the attack in Stuttgart. A 25-year-old suspect was overpowered by officers and arrested. He is an ethnic Tamil, as were most of the congregation. Police say the attack was not politically motivated and was probably prompted by personal problems. The man stormed into the church just before 1600 (1400 GMT) waving a sword before going on the rampage, according to eyewitnesses. He

Sect members arrested

MUNICH. The Bavarian state police say they have thwarted a planned contract murder of a local politician in Austria by three German members of a sect operating out of a yoga school near Salzburg. A police spokesman said on Tuesday that the three had made a first payment of EUR5,000 to an underworld figure to have the mayor of the town of Kufstein, Siegfried Dillersberger, killed because as a lawyer he was representing a client locked in a dispute with the school. The alleged plot was discovered as part of a drug investigation, the spokesman said. The accused – an