German spy chief warns ISIS wants to attack

19:09, 10 April 2016
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Islamic State wants to carry out attacks in Germany and the security situation is "very serious," the head of the country's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) told a Sunday newspaper, adding that he knew of no concrete plot to strike, according to Reuters.

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The militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West after the Brussels bombings and Paris attacks, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets, according to Reuters.

Hans-Georg Maassen told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag the group wanted to carry out attacks against Germany and German interests, but added: "At the moment we don't have any knowledge of any concrete terrorist attack plans in Germany."

Maassen also said there were several cases linking Germans returning from Syria to attack plans and warned that the danger posed by jihadists from Germany remained "virulent," Reuters writes.

Asked how many Islamists in Germany were considered highly dangerous, Maassen said there were about 1,100 Islamists who were seen as a potential terrorism risk, according to the report.

Maassen said his agency was aware of about 300 attempts by Salafists and other Islamists to recruit refugees.

"I'm particularly concerned about the many unaccompanied minors – this group is being deliberately targeted," he said, adding that he saw a "huge radicalization potential" in these attempts to recruit people.

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