The chief of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) confirmed Friday that Islamic State militants are making their way into Europe disguised as refugees.
Hans-Georg Maassen made this proclamation one day after German security forces foiled an attack in Berlin by Islamic State extremists, according to Reuters.
Suspicions first arose following the November 2015 multi-target Paris attacks, which left 130 murdered and countless more injured.
“Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists … have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing,” Maassen told ZDF television.
“We are trying to recognize and identify whether there are still more IS fighters or terrorists from IS that have slipped in,” he added.
The Berliner Zeitung newspaper cited Maassen on Friday as saying that the BfV had received more than 100 tip-offs that there were Islamic State fighters among the refugees currently staying in Germany.
German fears about an attack have risen since the Paris killings. On Thursday, German forces arrested two men suspected of links to Islamic State militants preparing an attack in the German capital.
Authorities also canceled a friendly international soccer match in Hanover last year and closed stations in Munich at New Year due to security concerns.
“We are in a serious situation and there is a high risk that there could be an attack. But the security agencies, the intelligence services and the police authorities are very alert and our goal is to minimize the risk as best we can,” he said.
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) February 5, 2016
When this news hit the United States, folks on social media weren’t at all surprised.
@AndrewScheidl Honestly, what’s the need for a disguise? One just goes.
— A.M.H. (@alimhaider) February 5, 2016
— Yuga Parivartan (@yugaparivartan) February 5, 2016
@ReutersWorld Never saw this coming.
— Tomás #FOffWoodward (@Manchain_88) February 5, 2016
@thehill HELLO!!! I ANNOUNCED THIS 8 WEEKS AGO FROM DIRECT INTEL..REPORTS TO THE UN AND EU WERE IGNORED TO…WHY DO I BOTHER
— ✡אמון בישראל✡ (@whitewolfdown) February 5, 2016
Whoa … Who could have predicted this? https://t.co/dn12cAgGsG
— Rusty Shackleford (@dap1510) February 5, 2016
… said no one in particular.
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