An arsenal of weapons, stockpiled by radical Islamists has been uncovered in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia. The haul was brought to light after a week-long operation by security services and has been described as a “heavy war arsenal” by one of the country’s best known opponents of radical Islamism.
According to leading anti-Islamist politician Ismail Tipi a “top secret assignment” of Germany’s SEK anti-terror commandos led to the arms find in the cooler room of a vegetable vendor near a mosque, weapons were found and seized.
Ismael Tipi is a regional MP for the centre-right CDU. Born in Turkey, he became a regional MP in 2010, since which he has specialised in drawing attention to the dangers posed for Germany’s secular society by the Salafist Islam that is subsidised and funded by Saudi Arabia and other fundamentalist Sunni regimes, including Turkey.
He has frequently received death threats as a result, particularly after speaking out against the dangers of creeping Sharia law. Hardline fundamentalist Muslims regard him as a traitor and an infidel.
The danger from the fundamentalists who are arming themselves and from the Salafists who are willing to resort to violence in Germany is very high. This was shown clearly by this secret operation”, said Tipi on Friday at a press conference.
The extremism expert warned that more weapons are also being stockpiled in other cities. For instance the Hamburg intelligence service has also recorded an increase in the number of supporters of armed jihad.
“More than 300 people in Hamburg alone have been identified as supporters of armed jihad. The fear is that Salafist sleepers, jihadists and ISIS terrorists in Germany are being supported by foreign intelligence services which aren’t friendly to German interests. With these weapons arsenals, militant jihadists and sleepers will be equipped with weapons when they are ready to launch attacks”, the moderate Muslim MP went on to warn. “Politicians have to tell the truth about this.”
Tipi warns: “We can expect that these secret weapons arsenals will be used for terrorist attacks not only in Germany but right across Europe. It would be extremely negligent if we do not address this danger and do everything to find these arsenals.”
One problem is that many battle seasoned young Salafists come back to Germany from Syria and embed themselves in immigrant communities, the press briefing also noted.
“We have to see this threat and we need to act fast.”, Tipi says.
And, he demands: “Politicians have to speak straight talk, they have to address the possible danger and threats, they have to educate the population and call for a full awakening and to report to the police any type of suspicious activity. The problem of Salafism and ISIS terror will gets bigger and bigger if we don’t all react.”