German police raid mosque linked to Christmas market attacker

Police officers in Berlin

Authorities have banned Fussilet 33 and said the mosque in the Berlin district of Moabit in Berlin was an Islamist meeting place.

Amri visited the mosque a number of times, before killing a Polish truck driver on December 19 and steering the vehicle into a Berlin Christmas market killing a further 11 people and injuring over 50 others.

Berlin investigators said they hoped the raids, seizing documents and laptops, would lead to find further details about the mosque's operations and its links to the Islamist terror organisation. Its leaders and preachers are suspected of identifying and radicalising young men for violent Jihad, and of sending funds to support Islamic State in Syria.

Since 2015, the mosque was under surveillance for its suspected links to the Islamic State.

A rookie police officer shot dead Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian, when he allegedly opened fire on police during a routine security check in a suburb in Italy's Milan city on December 23.

Police on Tuesday searched dozens of sites in Germany linked to a mosque that was frequented by the Berlin market attacker Anis Amri, after authorities banned the Islamic group that operated it.

Authorities closed the mosque following raids last week.

The mosque has now been shut down, but Geisel said this was not only because of the Amri connection.

According to a police spokesman, the police raids took place in 24 separate properties and started at 6 am (0500 GMT) in different parts of the German capital.

Officials say that over 500 individuals in Germany classified as a potential security threat, half of whom are German nationals, were radicalised at mosques similar to the Fussilet.