Blumberg (dpa / lsw) - During investigations into suspected members of the banned Islamist group "Caliphate State", the police in the Black Forest-Baar district seized propaganda and evidence as well as cash. The police and public prosecutor announced on Thursday that the officers had searched the apartments of several people in Blumberg and a building that is used as a club and prayer room. The investigators assume that the accused also support the "caliphate state" financially. Details of those affected and the searches on Wednesday were not initially available.
The "Caliphate State" is an Islamist association led by a self-proclaimed "Caliph of Cologne". Its aim is to set up an Islamic state on the basis of the Koran as the constitution and Sharia as the only applicable law, while rejecting democratic principles and the rule of law. The Federal Ministry of the Interior had banned the association in 2001.
In connection with a raid in several federal states, the public prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe had ten properties searched in June this year, including in Mannheim and Weinheim (Rhein-Neckar district). Meetings of the association were said to have taken place in Weinheim, among other places, it was said at the time.