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The number of Islamists in Germany has again hit a record high, exceeding 12,000 for the first time, says the German domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The number of radicalized Muslims committed to jihad has shown a three-fold rise since 2011, the intelligence assessment disclosed.
With Chancellor Angela Merkel pursuing a policy of open borders, the Islamists have been recruiting among millions of Muslims who entered the country in recent years. The latest figure show Berlin emerging as the biggest stronghold for Islamists in country. The German capital is now home to more than a thousand Islamists.
The intelligence figures come just days after German police busted an Islamist terror cell planning to attack a Berlin Synagogue. The police made several arrests across Germany early Tuesday to catch suspects connected to the plot, the media reports said.
Salafists, as the radical Islamists are classified in Germany, aim to overthrow the German state and establish an Islamic Caliphate in its place. “Salafists want to establish a ‘theocracy’ according to their interpretation of the rules of sharia, one in which the liberal democratic order no longer applies,” the German domestic intelligence agency explained in a previous report.
There is no end in sight for the growth in the Salafist scene. As Der Tagesspiegel learned from the security circles, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution detected a rise of 850 persons within the ranks of the violent Islamist milieu nationwide, taking it to 12,150. This signifies a surge of seven percent.
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