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Germany calls on mosques to prevent extremism

  • This undated photo from Al-Nabaa, an online magazine of the Islamic State group, shows Mohammad Daleel in an article published late Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The weekly magazine claimed Daleel, who went to Germany as an asylum-seeker, had fought both in Iraq and Syria with a branch of al-Qaida and the IS group. Al-Nabaa described how Daleel, a 27-year-old Syrian, blew himself up at a bar in the southern German town of Ansbach spent months planning the attack, once even hiding his home-made bomb in his room moments before a police raid. (Al-Nabaa, an online magazine of the Islamic State group, via AP)

    This undated photo from Al-Nabaa, an online magazine of the Islamic State group, shows Mohammad Daleel in an article published late Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The weekly magazine claimed Daleel, who went to Germany as an asylum-seeker, had fought both in Iraq and Syria with a branch of al-Qaida and the IS group. Al-Nabaa described how Daleel, a 27-year-old Syrian, blew himself up at a bar in the southern German town of Ansbach spent months planning the attack, once even hiding his home-made bomb in his room moments before a police raid. (Al-Nabaa, an online magazine of the Islamic State group, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin Thursday, July 28, 2016 . Chancellor Angela Merkel says the fact that two men who came to Germany as refugees carried out attacks claimed by the Islamic State group "mocks the country that took them in." Merkel pledged at a news conference to do everything to clear up the "barbaric acts," find out who was behind them and bring them to justice. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin Thursday, July 28, 2016 . Chancellor Angela Merkel says the fact that two men who came to Germany as refugees carried out attacks claimed by the Islamic State group "mocks the country that took them in." Merkel pledged at a news conference to do everything to clear up the "barbaric acts," find out who was behind them and bring them to justice. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a  news conference in Berlin Thursday, July 28, 2016. Chancellor Angela Merkel says the fact that two men who came to Germany as refugees carried out attacks claimed by the Islamic State group "mocks the country that took them in." Merkel pledged  to do everything to clear up the "barbaric acts," find out who was behind them and bring them to justice.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a news conference in Berlin Thursday, July 28, 2016. Chancellor Angela Merkel says the fact that two men who came to Germany as refugees carried out attacks claimed by the Islamic State group "mocks the country that took them in." Merkel pledged to do everything to clear up the "barbaric acts," find out who was behind them and bring them to justice. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration is calling on mosques across the country to be more pro-active when it comes to preventing extremism among Muslim youths.

Aydan Ozoguz said in an interview Thursday with the daily Heilbronner Stimme: "We need to hold mosques more responsible when it comes to prevention among teenagers."

Ozoguz' call against Muslim extremism came after four violent attacks that shook the country recently.

Two of them were the first in Germany claimed by the extremist Islamic State group. The attackers were asylum-seekers who hadn't grown up in Germany.

On Wednesday night, police raided a mosque believed to be a "hot spot" for Islamic extremists in the city of Hildesheim. The raid didn't appear to be connected to the recent attacks.