Thursday, May 12, 2016
'More Islamic State terrorist suspects traveled among incoming refugees than suspected' German Federal Criminal Police.
'More Islamic State terrorist suspects have traveled among incoming refugees than thought' German Federal Criminal Police. (DW).
Since the beginning of the refugee crisis last year, the BKA has received some 369 tipoffs regarding either specific jihadi smugglers or people supporting a terrorist organization, German newspaper "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" reported on Wednesday.
According to statistics provided by the BKA, some 40 investigations have been opened against the suspects, with complaints including the membership in a terrorist organization and the preparation of a serious crime.
The BKA stressed that the threat of a terror attack Germany and Europe remains high.
"More attacks by Islamist terrorist cells cannot be ruled out," the BKA said, adding, however, that they currently have no concrete evidence of a planned attack.
Politicians from Germany's Left party, however, have warned against anti-refugee "scaremongering."
The Left's domestic policy spokesperson in the Bundestag, Ulla Jelpke, said, "The possibility that individual IS-members - including trained assassins - could be among refugees mustn't lead to asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq generally being suspected of terrorism." Read the full story here.