REVEALED: Crisis for Merkel as number of radical Islamists in Germany more than DOUBLES
THE number of radical Islamists is growing in Germany and adapting to increased state pressure by fragmenting into small cells that are hard to keep tabs on.
By ALLAN HALL
Mon, Jan 9, 2017
Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution – Germany’s domestic intelligence service – said the fundamentalist Sunni Muslims population in Germany has exploded to nearly 10,000 sharply up from 3,800 in 2011.
“It’s of great concern to us that this scene is not only growing, but it is also very diversified. There is not just one, two, three or four people who have a say,” he warned.
“Rather, there are many people who dominate this Salafist scene. And all these people have to be watched.”
He spoke of “small clusters” of like-minded people coming together intent on causing carnage.
“So you can no longer talk about a Salafist scene as a whole, but you have to deal with many hotspots.
“That makes things more difficult for us, because we can no longer just watch a few people. We have to monitor many groups,” he went on.
He praised the security forces in the case of Anis Amri, the Christmas market massacre mastermind, saying he had to remain free because officials did not have enough proof to arrest him.