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German intelligence warns of increased risk of terrorism

2023-11-29 16:21:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
German intelligence warns of increased risk of terrorism
German police officers leave a house during a raid against people who support the Islamist group Hamas

Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the risk of a terrorist attack in the country is "higher than it has been for a long time". He cited the October 7 Hamas attacks and the subsequent Israel-Hamas war as factors, DW reports.

Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said on Wednesday that the risk of an Islamic terrorist attack on German soil had increased significantly. 

The agency said the increased risk of attacks against the Jewish community or "the West as a whole" came after the October 7 Hamas attacks and Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip.

What the report said
In the BfV's threat assessment, the agency's head, Thomas Haldenwang, said the threat of an Islamic attack had long loomed over Germany.

"I have repeatedly emphasized that an Islamic attack can be carried out in Germany any day," he said. 

However, Haldenwang said the current violence with Israel and the Palestinian territories had led to an increased frequency of calls for violence within the "jihadist spectrum".

The report noted that organizations such as the so-called Islamic State militant group and al-Qaeda are increasingly drawn into the conflict. 

While there have been previous ideological differences between these groups and Hamas, the assessment noted that "anti-Semitism forms a common denominator." 

The BfV noted that terrorist attacks had occurred in several neighboring European countries in recent weeks, with some perpetrators clearly referring to the Middle East conflict./ CNA

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