Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere revealed there were at lease 520 potential “attackers” waiting to strike with a further 360 “relevant” people known to authorities.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere revealed there were at lease 520 potential “attackers” waiting to strike with a further 360 “relevant” people known to authorities.
The harrowing message comes after the country saw a spate of terror attacks including two ISIS-inspired killings in July.
De Maiziere said: “The terror threat now stems from foreign hit teams as well as fanatical lone wolves in Germany.
"The hit teams are secretly smuggled into Europe and prepare their actions without being noticed, as we saw with the attacks in Paris and Brussels.
"But it's even more difficult to uncover the fanatical lone wolves.”
Despite the efforts from security authorities to hunt down and stop extremists, Mr de Maiziere believes many more blood-thirsty terrorists are waiting to attack.
He said: “The authorities are assuming there are undiscovered lone wolf terrorists out there."
The concerned minister also called on all Muslims to distance themselves from terrorism.
He told German newspaper Bild: “It is an abuse of the religion to carry out assassinations in the name of Islam.”
Terror attack rocked Angela Merkel’s country two months ago with a suicide bombing close to a music festival and an axe attack on a commuter train, which saw dozens injured.
July 22 saw nine people gunned down at Olympia shopping mall in Munich by David Ali Sonboly, who lured his victims to a McDonalds at the mall with a Facebook post before shooting them.