Germany’s interior minister has warned that the country is home to more than 500 Islamic militants who could be capable of carrying out assaults on their own or as members of “hit teams.”
Speaking in an interview with Bild newspaper, Thomas de Maiziere said there were currently at least 520 “potential attackers” in the country, which has been on edge since two ISIS-inspired attacks in July.
He said another 360 “relevant” people were known to police because of their close proximity to the potential attackers.
Many Germans fear that fighters belonging to ISIS could have slipped into Germany with the roughly one million of refugees from Syria, North Africa and Asia who arrived last year.
“The terror threat now stems from foreign hit teams as well as fanatical lone wolves in Germany,” de Maiziere said in the interview ahead of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, which were partly coordinated from Germany.
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