Germany: Police investigating more Islamists

Germany: Police investigating more Islamists

Germany is conducting more investigations against Islamic terror suspects than ever before, as the country's involvement in Afghanistan deepens, the Federal Crime Office (BKA) says.

"Across the country, we now have 350 investigations into people with Islamic backgrounds, the most ever," Joerg Ziercke, the head of the BKA, told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung regional daily.

Around one third of these probes concern attacks on German soldiers in Afghanistan, Ziercke added.

Authorities are tracking approximately 1,100 people in Germany "with Islamic terrorist potential," he said, adding that trips to terrorist training camps had risen significantly since 2009.

"Since then, a German community has established itself on the Hindu Kush," he said, referring to the mountain range connecting the north and south of Afghanistan.

"This group, containing between 10 and 12 people, is trying to win over fellow Germans with Jihadist propaganda and unfortunately, they are succeeding."


Source: TimesLIVE (English)

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