German authorities have warned that 60 terrorists linked to ISIS and al-Qaeda have entered Germany, posing as refugees.
The stunning admission by Germany’s security agencies was made to Der Spiegel on Saturday. Fighters who belong to the Owais al-Qorani Brigade, a terrorist group accused of massacring 300 civilians, slipped past immigration officials due to Germany’s lax immigration policies.
Dw.com reports: The Spiegel report, citing security agencies, said the group’s members had participated in “numerous massacres of captured civilians and Syrian soldiers.” At least 300 people were killed in such massacres.
German security agencies have reportedly set up a special task force to investigate the group’s members in Germany.
Some 25 former fighters are being investigated, but another 30 unconfirmed members are believed to be in the country, the magazine reported.
One of the members mentioned by Spiegel is a former commander who arrived in the northern German city of Bremen in 2014. He allegedly took part in a massacre at a garbage dump that killed 36 policemen, administrative workers and military officials, and included beheadings.
“By God,” the man reportedly said to a friend on WhatsApp, “they remembered details that I had forgotten myself,” he wrote, referring to compatriots he met up with in Germany.
The man is to come before a court at the end of September.
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