BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a Syrian man suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group and spreading propaganda for the extremist organization.
The federal prosecutors’ office said the 22-year-old, identified only as Esmail A.A. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested Thursday in the eastern state of Saxony.
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It said the suspect posted numerous pieces of IS propaganda in WhatsApp chat groups that he described as a “news agency,” starting in September, and in two cases instructions on how to participate in IS.
Prosecutors say he shared material depicting scenes of IS captives being tortured and executed.