German police raid Islamist groups

The German Interior Ministry says authorities have searched buildings connected to two radical Islamist groups in three cities.
Ministry spokesman Stefan Paris said in a statement the raids early Tuesday in the western cities of Moenchengladbach, Braunschweig and Bremen were directed against the Islamist groups Invitation to Paradise and Islamic Culture Center Bremen.
Paris says the groups are suspected of "wanting to create an Islamic theocracy and working against the democratic order of Germany." He says authorities seized evidence during the raids but did not specify what.
He says the raids are not related to the current terrorist threat.
Germany upped its terror alert on Nov. 17, warning of an increased threat from Islamic extremists.