Twenty years ago the Islamist attacks of 9/11 changed the world. Now the security authorities are increasingly targeting the scene surrounding the Hamburg terror cell at the time. The Islamist scene in Hamburg has been “pretty much on its feet” since 2001, said Interior Senator Andy Grote (SPD) of the German Press Agency. Nevertheless, the concrete preparations for the attack are an occasion to look “at the generation of 9/11”. “Fathers of them are still there – like the father of the accused and others too.”
This is also the case with the Moroccan mentioned above (20). He is the son of one of the people responsible for the Al-Quds mosque, where the members of the Hamburg terrorist cell around Mohammed Atta met before the September 11, 2001 attacks.
According to investigators, he had procured the necessary components to build a bomb. While trying to buy a pistol and a hand grenade on the Darknet, he was caught by the authorities and arrested, reports “Focus Online”.
“He grew up an Islamist. He was born into this scene and was raised there, ”Grote is quoted as saying. The next generation must therefore also be looked at closely. “Are there still people there who we haven’t had on our screen before?”
The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution counts 1,650 followers in the Islamist scene in Hamburg, 1,130 of whom are violence-oriented, including 268 so-called jihadists. In the Salafist scene in particular, the willingness to use violence is high, said Grote. “We also assign the accused in the current proceedings to this scene. To what extent he was now integrated into a larger network, we cannot yet say. “