3 detained in German raids targeting terrorist financing

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Karlsruhe (Germany), Jan. 7, 2021
Two men and one woman were detained on Thursday in different locations in Germany during raids targeting terrorist financing, the public prosecutor general said.

A decision is to be made over the course of the day on whether to remand them in custody.

Searches were conducted in several states; the suspects were detained in the cities of Ulm, Delmenhorst and Munich, a statement from the prosecutor said.

Money is alleged to have been collected for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, which today controls much of the country’s remaining rebel-held territory.

The German prosecutor said an HTS member based in Syria had played a central role within the terrorist-financing network.

The man allegedly called online for donations that were to be spent on buying weapons and supporting fighters.

The funding network is thought to span across Europe.

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