A gang of hardline Muslims were arrested by Swiss police for assaulting moderate worshippers
The attack took place at the infamous An'Nur mosque – a known hotbed of jihad activity – in the northern Swiss city of Winterthur on November 22, 2016.
The two victims – who had gone to the mosque to pray – were brutally beaten and sequestrated by their alleged attackers who also threatened to “kill their families” if they spoke to police about the attack, the Zurich chief prosecutor’s office said.
The suspects were allegedly convinced that the two men had told local journalists that the mosque’s imam, from Ethiopia, had called for the murder of Muslims who refused to join communal prayers in the mosque during a sermon.
The An'Nur mosque is supposedly notorious as a hotbed of extremist views
The imam, who was arrested some two weeks before the attack and who has since been charged with “incitement to murder and inciting violence”, is also said to have urged members of the congregation to “denounce” those who shunned the communal prayers.
Several youths who used to pray at the An'Nur mosque have reportedly fled to Syria to fight alongside the ISIS (Islamic State).
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