German spy chief says Islamic State wants to attack but number firm map known

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 7:48 AM

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

Islamic State wants to carry out attacks in Germany and the security situation is "very serious", the head of the country'south domestic intelligence agency (BfV) told a Sun newspaper, adding that he knew of number concrete plot to strike.

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

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

He said Islamic State propaganda was aimed at encouraging supporters to get the initiative to stage attacks in Germany.

Maassen 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".

He said the country had avoided a huge attack so distant thanks to the successful work of security authorities and luck such as a bomb detonator not working properly on one or two occasions.

In two thousand-fourteenth, a German man described as a radical Islamist was charged with planting a pipe bomb -- which never exploded -- at Bonn train Sta in two thousand-twelfth. In two thousand-sixth, two suitcase bombs left by Islamist militants on trains in Cologne failed to explode.

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.

Maassen said his agency was alert of about three hundred attempts by Salafists and other Islamists to recruit refugees.

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

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Helen Popper)

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