Police in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state searched dozens of mosques and Islamic organizations Friday, detaining one man, as part of efforts to clamp down on terrorism.
Across the western state, about 150 officers conducted searches that also involved checking the papers of more than 70 people, the state criminal office said in a statement. One man was detained on suspicion of being in the country illegally, it said.
The searches were part of efforts to “further clarify Islamic structures,” the statement said.
Most of the searches were in the state capital of Mainz and the city of Worms.