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Germany: The Office for the Protection of the Constitution estimates 28,000 Islamists nationwide and 2,060 terrorists

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution estimates the Islamist terrorist potential in Germany at currently 2,060 people.

Cologne - According to information from the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe (Friday editions), the Cologne authority assumes that there are over 28,000 Islamists nationwide. "The terrible act in Dresden shows that Islamist terrorism is still a great danger in Germany," said Constitutional Protection President Thomas Haldenwang. He assured that the security authorities were still working together to deal with numerous dangerous issues and were consistently clearing up the Islamist scene.

According to a survey by the Funke Mediengruppe among the 16 federal states, well over 100 Islamists are in German prisons one, two in Saxony-Anhalt, three in Saxony, four in Baden-Württemberg, five each in Berlin, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, six in Rhineland-Palatinate, twelve in Lower Saxony, 17 in North Rhine-Westphalia and 16 prisoners on remand. In the Bavarian prisons there are 31 prisoners with Islamist, terrorist connections, in a further 27 cases there are corresponding suspicions. As the Ministry of Justice in Baden-Wuerttemberg said, 17 prisoners were "watched as a precautionary measure because of abnormalities or indications".

Thuringia announced that the number of Islamist prisoners was in the single digits. The Hessian ministry stated that in the penal institutions a low double-digit number of "endangered persons" was serving prison sentences - as well as a medium double-digit number of prisoners who belonged to the spectrum of religiously motivated crimes (Islam). Brandenburg reported a case.

According to the Interior Senator, there is a prisoner in Bremen who is close to the Islamist scene, but who was convicted of another offense. Two states failed to reply, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saarland. Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Hermann (CSU) called on the Federal Government to create the conditions to enable returns to Syria or third countries.

"Anyone who commits serious crimes, including murder, or acts as a threat in our country, cannot in all seriousness expect to find help or protection with us. The protection of the population has top priority!" The conference of interior ministers last extended the general ban on deportations to Syria again in the spring. The deportation freeze should not be "a license for violent and already convicted criminals," said Herrmann. The FDP domestic politician Konstantin Kuhl assumes that the suspect from Dresden has apparently radicalized himself since arriving in Germany in 2015. "It is the urgent task of politics and security authorities to illuminate the areas for radicalization for such Islamist perpetrators", he demanded. "There must be no radicalization processes on the Internet, in mosques or in prisons that result in a threat to public security," he said. Muslim communities also played a central role in the fight against Islamism. Kuhle: "As right as it is to protect Muslims in Germany from generalizations and denigrations, it is also clear that the fight against Islamism cannot succeed without role models and early warning systems in the Muslim communities."

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