The international imams currently traveling France, Germany and Belgium to speak out against extremism and terrorism could hardly have chosen a more symbolically loaded location for their German stop. Berlin's Breitschiedplatz square is not only home to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, whose permanently damaged state is a reminder of the destruction of the Second World War.

It's also the site where Islamist Anis Amri drove a truck through a crowded Christmas market last December, killing twelve people.

The imams, who mainly hail from Francophone countries, laid flowers at the makeshift memorial outside the church. This was followed by a half-hour ceremony in French, Arabic, German and Hebrew blessing the clerics' trip and paying respects to the victims. Representatives of Berlin's Muslim community briefly addressed the crowd.

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