A Hamburg mosque once frequented by some of the Sept. 11 attackers was shut down Monday because German authorities believed 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.
He said that 20 police officers were searching the building and had confiscated material, including several computers. He was not aware of any arrests.
However, the homes of leading members of the cultural association were searched and the group’s assets were confiscated, the Hamburg state government said in a statement.
Well, for a state like Germany, which has stated publicly that, due to their falling birthrate and Muslim immigration rolls, will be an Islamic state by 2050, this action is sensible, but overdue and probably too late. It probably will be the first mosque to reopen when they have a Muslim majority.