German police officers walk through the prayer room at a mosque in Berlin’s central Tempelhof-Schoeneberg district. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN
Agence France Presse
BERLIN: German intelligence warned Tuesday that the number of Islamic extremists in the country had increased sharply in recent months and expressed serious concern that they were recruiting among refugees. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s domestic security watchdog, said the number of radical Salafists had surged to 7,900 in September from 7,500 in June, and that many were trying to lure asylum-seekers into their ranks.
“We are very concerned that Islamists in Germany are trying, under the cover of humanitarian assistance, to exploit the situation of the refugees for their own ends and to proselytize and recruit among asylum-seekers,” BfV President Hans-Georg Maassen said in a statement.
Germany expects to receive up to 1 million asylum-seekers this year, five times more than…
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