Five men suspected of recruiting jihadists for the Islamic State extremist group have been arrested in coordinated raids in northern and western Germany.
A 22 year-old jihadist who fought with ISIS in Syria is believed to have provided information to police that lead to the raids.
Iraqi Abu Walaa, one of the men arrested, is a senior Islamist figure referred to as “ISIS’s number one in Germany” and police believe he featured in a series of IS videos. Two of the men were German, one Turkish and one Cameroonian.
Police say the men recruited jihadists and helped organise their journey into the conflict zone. All the men have denied any links to terrorism.
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Screengrab of German police raid from RT YouTube video.