THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND… SWITZERLAND? JIHADIST CELL OPERATING OUT OF ZÜRICH MOSQUE
The Islamic State has a cell operating in peaceful Switzerland and has sent fighters to Syria, according to reports.
Challenging the conventional wisdom that Islamist extremism is prevalent in Western nations which have invaded middle eastern countries, the claim about the radical Swiss mosque has been made by a well respected and award winning war correspondent.
Swiss journalist of the year 2014 Kurt Pelda made the claim in an interview with with Swiss newspaper Der Landbote, linking extremism with the An’Nur mosque in Winterthur, a small city 20 miles south west of Zürich.
Syria expert Mr. Pelda said of the mosque: “A man from Winterthur became radicalized in the last few months and recently travelled to Syria.
“We do not know exactly what he has done in Syria but there is every indication it has to do with ISIS… ISIS has a cell in Winterhur in the An’Nur mosque, let there be no doubt”.
Four men reportedly linked to the mosque have since travelled to the Islamic State, while a fifth was detained by the security services at Zürich airport.
In common with other mosques which have been accused of harbouring extremism, the managers of the building have claimed they are struggling with outsiders who come to the mosque and try to radicalise people standing
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