German officials warn of homegrown Islamists trying to radicalize refugees
German authorities are growing increasingly concerned that newly arrived refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East are being recruited by radical Islamists once they arrive in the country.
The Wall Street Journal, citing interviews with security officials from across Germany, reports that an increasing number of refugees are attending services at mosques that investigators believe attract extremists.
The report brings into focus a different dimension to the possible security risk posed by asylum-seekers who have flooded into Western Europe for months. Some of the ISIS terrorists who killed 130 people in Paris earlier this month posed as refugees from Syria’s civil war to slip into Europe and meet their co-conspirators.
However, security officials tell the Journal that they have already reported more than 100 cases in which known Islamists have tried to contact refugees. Aid agencies report that the suspects have reached out to the new arrivals with offers of food, shelter, and use of German interpreters, as well as copies of the Koran and traditional Muslim clothing.
“They start by saying, ‘We will help you live your faith,'” Torsten Voss of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency told the Journal. “The Islamist area comes later — that is, of course, their goal.” The Journal reported that German intelligence agencies have seen
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