Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the German domestic intelligence agency (BFV), issued an urgent alert about the refugee influx into Europe and the United States.
Maassen said that thousands of jihadists from Iraq and Syria are taking full advantage of the migrant crisis, and Europe’s open borders to infiltrate and plot ‘combat missions’.
Maassen told reporters that police in Germany are tracking up to 8,000 ‘combat-hardened professional’ Islamic extremists in Germany alone, adding that his department receives multiple ‘fairly concrete tips’ of planned terrorist activity every week now.
As the number of refugees entering Germany this year reached 950,000 police chief Hans-Georg Maassen said some men arriving as refugees have fought with ISIS and are planning a “combat mission” once they land in Europe.
Authorities are aware of at least 8,000 Islamic radicals in Germany advocating violence and attempting to recruit refugees, according to Mr Maassen.
He said his office receive one or two “fairly concrete tips” a week of planned terrorist activity, calling ISIS extremists “combat-hardened professionals” who are more dangerous than those from al-Qaida.
Newly released figures show more than 950,000 asylum seekers have entered Germany this year so far – with the number of arrivals now expected to outnumber new births in Germany this year.
The figures came as Germany’s European Union (EU) commissioner blamed his country’s “open door” policy for exacerbating Europe’s refugee crisis.
German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere called for the EU to impose a limit on how many refugees should be allowed into Europe as his country struggles to cope with the surging influx.
Mr de Maiziere demanded Europe to “commit itself to a final generous intake of refugees, one that is appropriate to the suffering of refugees”.
Stricter security at borders has been introduced across Europe in the wake of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people after it emerged at least two of the terrorists posed as refugees to get into Europe.
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