The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday of the risk wives and children of Islamic State fighters pose upon their return to Europe.
About one-third of the close to 1,000 Germans who travelled to fight for ISIS have returned to the country.
Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), warned that many women and children “had become so radicalized and identify so deeply with IS-ideology that, by all accounts, they must also be identified as jihadis.”
“There are children who have been brainwashed and highly radicalized at ‘schools’ in IS-held areas,” Maassen said in an interview with Deutsche Presse Agentur.
“It’s a problem for us because many of these kids and teenagers can sometimes be dangerous.”
The number of terrorism-related cases investigated by German authorities have quadrupled… /opened more than 900 cases so far… /705 Islamist extremists are willing to carry out terror attacks…
/Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) recently said around 24,400 Islamists are active in the country but most of them don’t pose an immediate terror threat…