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Radical Mosques Сlosure Targets Extremism, Not Religion, Austrian Integration Minister Says

© REUTERS / LEONHARD FOEGERA police officer stands outside the mosque after the Friday prayer, in Vienna, Austria November 6, 2020
A police officer stands outside the mosque after the Friday prayer, in Vienna, Austria November 6, 2020 - Sputnik International
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VIENNA (Sputnik) - The closure of radical mosques after the Vienna attack is not an attack on religion, but a fight against extremism, Austrian Integration Minister Susanne Raab said on Friday.

"It is important for me to note the following: this is not an attack on religion, but a fight against extremism. This is not an attack on members of a religious community, but a common fight against the abuse of religion for the purpose of radicalization," Raab said at a press conference.

Earlier in the day, Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer and Integration Minister Susanne Raab stated as quoted by APA news agency that all the so-called radical mosques across the country would be closed in the wake of the recent deadly terrorist attacks in Vienna.

According to the news agency, the decision was made following a meeting with the head of the Islamic religious community in Austria, Umit Vural. In particular, these mosques will be deprived of legal status and dissolved.

Police officers check a man on a street after exchanges of gunfire in Vienna, Austria November 2, 2020 - Sputnik International
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As a result of the attack, five people were killed, including the terrorist himself, who, according to the Austrian Interior Ministry, was a supporter of Daesh*.

*Daesh [ISIS, ISIL, the Islamic State] - a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries

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