German authorities are seriously concerned about the possible presence of terrorists in their country who identify with the terrorist agenda of radical Islam.
Interior Minister of Germany Thomas de Maizière told the Bild newspaper that German security services are monitoring 520 potential terrorists and another 360 people who have ties with terrorists and other extremist elements.
They are even more concerned that thousands of EU-born Islamist militants may soon be on their way home after ISIS lost most of its ground in Syria and Iraq.
“The terror threat now stems from foreign hit teams as well as fanatical lone wolves in Germany,” de Maiziere said.
“The hit teams are secretly smuggled into Europe and prepare their actions without being noticed, as we saw with the attacks in Paris and Brussels,” he said. “But it’s even more difficult to uncover the fanatical lone wolves.”
German criminal police chief Holger Muench said, “The majority is extremely radicalized, they have military training and are battle-hardened.”
July saw an ax rampage on a train in Wurzburg, a suicide bombing in Ansbach and a shooting rampage at a busy Munich mall by Muslim migrants.