An asylum home in Germany was built just yards from a radical mosque and a conservative councilor is demanding answers.
An asylum home in Regensburg is only yards away from a mosque linked to radical Islamic preachers. Councillor Bernadette Dechant of the conservative Bavarian Christian Social Union is looking for answers after she was made aware of the home’s location.
“The fact that housing for refugee families is to be built, I think is good,” she said in an interview, “but not a few hundred metres from a mosque that is observed by the intelligence services!” Die Welt reports.
It turns out that the asylum home is owned by an unknown private investor who the government signed a ten year lease with to use the building. It is one of the projects like the container villages in Berlin that are meant to get asylum seekers and their families out of school gyms where they currently reside, and into more permanent and private housing.
The problem for Councillor Dechant is the proximity of the Al-Rahman Mosque to the new housing.
The mosque is well known to police and intelligence services in the area as being a hotbed for Salafist preachers and Islamic extremism, so much so that the intelligence services have it under surveillance.
The regional Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, also of the CSU, confirmed the councillors fears and said, “it is true that the Al-Rahman Mosque is a platform for Salafist lectures,” and, “in the past, there have been several Salafist preachers there.”
Surprisingly, the area in east Regensburg has even more locations that are home to Salafists and their supporters. The Albanian-Islamic club, which is also close to the new accommodation, has shared videos of Salafist preacher Pierre Vogel (pictured above) on their Facebook page.
Vogel was said to be largely responsible for the radicalisation of a 15-year-old girl who stabbed a policeman in Germany earlier this year.
Another picture posted to their Facebook showed the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire sucking the blood from a Palestinian child.
One of the Salafist supporters in the area had even tried to join Islamic State in Syria last month. The 21-year-old migrant from Kosovo lived only a few kilometres from the area where the asylum home is to be built.
Radical Islamists recruiting new migrants is a very real fear in Germany. At the very beginning of the migrant crisis Breitbart London reported that Salafist preachers were recruiting migrants from asylum homes.
Head of German intelligence, Hans-Georg Maaßen has warned time and time again about the potential for radicalisation of new migrants. He said:
“Many of the asylum seekers have a Sunni religious background. In Germany there is a Salafist scene that sees this as a breeding ground.”
The German Interior Ministry finally acknowledged the problem this week, saying that since September of last year between 20 to 60 attempts per month are made by Salafists to recruit migrants in asylum homes.