ISIS Loots German Churches To Fund Caliphate
A gang of ISIS supporters have been busted after looting German churches for 3 years. The 8 men arrested were lead my a 26 year old Moroccan man and they targeted churches in the city of Cologne.
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They appeared in court Tuesday.
From collection boxes to crosses, to other religious items used in services, the total net worth of the stolen goods amounted to €19,000. They also looted schools for laptops and and money.
They men were busted after posting videos on YouTube urging people to fight for the Islamic State.
It’s unclear how the money was funneled to the Middle East.
From the International Business Times:
Members of a gang in Cologne, Germany, appeared in court Tuesday charged with stealing from local churches and schools in order to send money to the extremist group known as the Islamic State group, or ISIS. The leader of the gang, originally from Morocco, also actively recruited fighters for the group, according to the charges.
The eight young men allegedly stole 19,000 euros, or $21,550, from churches and schools in the German city of Cologne from 2011 to 2014. They took collection boxes, crosses and other sacred objects from the churches. From schools, they took laptop computers and cash, according to chief prosecutor in the case, Nadja Gudermann, the Local reported. Prosecutors have not yet discovered if or how much money in fact reached Syria, where ISIS has its largest military presence and training facilities.
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