Thursday, 30. October 2014
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Mosques were raided by police in Graz this week in a bid by Austrian prosecutors to try crack down on groups alleged to be supporting rebels fighters in Syria.
Police stormed the prayer houses and confiscated documents and electronic files although did not arrest anyone during the raid, which prosecutors say is part of a larger terrorism investigation into the extreme Salafist Muslim groups in the city.
Authorities say that up to 100 people living in Austria have left the country to fight 'the Holy War' in Syria after the conflict escalated there over the past few years.
A prominent case in the past few weeks has been that of two teenage girls from Vienna who authorities and their families think were "groomed" into running away to fight in Syria. An Interpol-led search is currently under-way to locate and return the girls to Austria.
Hundreds of recruits have also left countries such as Britain and France to also join the fighting in Syria causing these countries to put some measures in place to try and curb the recruitment of fighters, including calling upon Muslim women to help persuade young people from fighting.
Graz was also mentioned earlier this month in connection to a separate Islamic group when it was rumoured that the Muslim Brotherhood, who has been fighting the Egyptian authorities since their leader in the country was ousted last year, was moving it's headquarters to the city.
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