“If you want to fight terrorism, you have to dry up its sources of funding,” said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.
Germany bans the Islamic organization Ansaar International, which it claims has financed terrorism around the world, the Interior Ministry said on May 5.
“If you want to fight terrorism, you have to dry up its sources of funding,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Twitter.
Ansaar and an affiliated organization “are spreading a Salafi worldview and funding terror around the world under the guise of humanitarian aid,” the minister said.
According to the German daily Bild, police searched buildings in 10 German states as part of the decision to ban the organization.
In 2019, police raided offices belonging to Ansaar as well as World Wide Resistance-Help, suspected of funding the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is on the European Union’s terrorism blacklist.
Ansaar says on its website that it provides humanitarian aid to people affected by war and crisis, for example by building or funding the construction of hospitals, orphanages and schools.