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40 migrants arrested as 300 police raid Dusseldorf ‘Maghreb’ neighborhood

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About 300 German police officers have conducted a mass raid on a neighborhood known as a North African ghetto in Dusseldorf, West Germany. Around 300 migrants were checked, 40 of whom were arrested.Dusseldorf police and federal security services launched the raid on the so-called Maghreb neighborhood near the Dusseldorf railway station on Saturday evening. The operation called Casablanca involved about 300 police officers and lasted for about six hours, according to Der Spiegel.

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The officers cordoned off and searched 18 restaurants and eateries around the railway station of the capital of North Rhine Westphalia looking for people suspected of pick-pocketing, robbery, and drug dealing. Police also took some people from their houses for questioning in a specially erected tent.

Forty migrants were arrested during the raid, of whom 38 had problems with stay permits and one was accused of receiving stolen goods. Another has already been required to leave the country, Bild informs.

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