Several “radical mosques” will close in Austria, the Interior Ministry announced on Friday. A measure ordered by the Austrian government, four days after the attack in Vienna by a sympathizer of Daesh.
The government will give more details shortly, at a press conference between the Minister of Worship and Integration, Susanne Raab, and the Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer. In a statement, IGGÖ, the main organization representing Muslims, which manages 360 mosques, confirmed that it had closed a place of worship that “violated its doctrine”.
Fight against “abuse”
“Freedom is a precious asset in our country, which we must protect against abuse, including when it emanates from our ranks,” commented its president Ümit Vural. In the aftermath of the attack which killed four people in the center of the capital, the conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz had displayed his determination to fight against “political Islam”, an “ideology” which represents a “danger” for the ” European model of life ”.
In the process, the police had arrested 16 men, some of whom were already known to the courts for terrorist offenses. Six of these suspects have been released, prosecutor spokeswoman Nina Bussek told AFP on Friday, the suspicions concerning them having not been substantiated.