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The head of the constitutional protection office in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Borkard Freier) said that 109 mosques out of a total of 850 mosques in the state are under the control of the security authorities. In a press conference on Wednesday (July 3, 2019) in Düsseldorf, Freier said that number has increased significantly in recent years.

The security official explained that a mosque is classified as "deviant" when radical Salafis or hate speech are repeated.

Of the 109 mosques under the control of the security authorities, there are 70 mosques are suspected of his Salafi orientation. The authorities consider that 16 other mosques have physical and structural links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Statistics show that the number of Salafis registered in the past five years has more than doubled, from 1,500 to 3,100 Salafis, 800 of whom have violent tendencies. In North Rhine-Westphalia, 250 Salafis are classified as "dangerous", according to Fryer. Including returnees from areas of fighting that were subject to the organization of the "Islamic State" (Dahesh).

North Rhine-Westphalia Herbert Royle, the interior minister, describes these returnees as extremists and some of them have experience in fighting. "These people are a big threat.

As for the proportion of women among Salafis, they represent 18 per cent, according to the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Internal Intelligence Service) in North Rhine-Westphalia.


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