Germany's move to give Islamophobic crimes their own special category in police records is being welcomed by leading experts and Muslim community leaders.

Aiman Mazyek, the chairman of Germany's Central Council of Muslims, said that for many years they have sought such a measure to help address the growing number of verbal and physical attacks on Muslims.

"We will finally be able to have reliable figures on Islamophobia," Mazyek told Anadolu Agency, praising the move by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative-left coalition government.

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