Switzerland has opened criminal proceedings against several people suspected of links to terrorist organisations, after morning raids at hundreds of homes in Germany.

The investigations have been opened against people who are or were involved in a Koran-distributing initiative run by ultra-conservative Muslims. Known for handing out the Muslim holy book on streets as part of a campaign called "Lies!" (German for 'Read'), those involved are part of the Salafist movement in Islam, which takes a fundamentalist approach to the religion and rejects modern changes or innovations.

The Office of the Attorney General said on Tuesday it was working with Germany on the investigation. The office's spokesperson told swissinfo.ch that the people are suspected of participating in or supporting a criminal organisation and also potentially violating the federal law that prohibits groups such as Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda or affiliated groups. Those involved are of Swiss and other nationalities.

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