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German police raid sites linked to radical mosque in Berlin

  • A man walks past the Fussilet Mosque located in the ground floor of an apartment building in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. German police are searching dozens of sites across Berlin linked to the mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri. The raids follow a decision by state authorities on Tuesday to ban the organization that ran the mosque, Fussilet 33. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    A man walks past the Fussilet Mosque located in the ground floor of an apartment building in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. German police are searching dozens of sites across Berlin linked to the mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri. The raids follow a decision by state authorities on Tuesday to ban the organization that ran the mosque, Fussilet 33. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police stand in front of the Fussilet 33 mosque after a raid following a decision by state authorities to ban the organization that ran the mosque in Berlin-Moabit, Germany, Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017.  The mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri. (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP)

    Police stand in front of the Fussilet 33 mosque after a raid following a decision by state authorities to ban the organization that ran the mosque in Berlin-Moabit, Germany, Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017. The mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri. (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The entrance door of the closed Fussilet Mosque is pictured in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. German police are searching dozens of sites across Berlin linked to the mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri. The raids follow a decision by state authorities on Tuesday to ban the organization that ran the mosque, Fussilet 33. German text reads 'This Mosque Is Finally Closed'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    The entrance door of the closed Fussilet Mosque is pictured in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. German police are searching dozens of sites across Berlin linked to the mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri. The raids follow a decision by state authorities on Tuesday to ban the organization that ran the mosque, Fussilet 33. German text reads 'This Mosque Is Finally Closed'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

German police are searching dozens of sites across Berlin linked to a mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri.

The raids follow a decision by state authorities on Tuesday to ban the organization that ran the mosque, Fussilet 33.

Police said some 450 officers began searching 24 locations — including several apartments, two company offices and six prison cells — at 6 a.m.

Authorities had been monitoring the mosque, which closed last week, because they believed it was frequented by Islamic extremists and used as a hub for funneling people and military equipment to conflict zones.

Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian, killed 12 people when he plowed a stolen truck into a Christmas market Dec. 19. He was shot dead by Italian police four days later.