ISIS is reportedly sending militant fighters into Europe disguised as refugees, according to Germany's intelligence agency. The announcement by BfV comes after German intelligence averted an attack by the terrorist group in Berlin on Feb. 4.
Head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution Hans-Georg Maassen said that the Islamic State group was sending its fighters amid the refugees immigrating to Europe, reports Reuters.
“Then we have seen that terrorists … have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing,” said Maassen.
“We are trying to recognize and identify whether there are still more IS fighters or terrorists from IS that have slipped in,” he said.
On Feb. 5, The Berliner Zeitung reported that the BfV had over 100 reports of Islamic State agents currently within Germany’s refugee population.
“We are in a serious situation and there is a high risk that there could be an attack. But the security agencies, the intelligence services and the police authorities are very alert and our goal is to minimize the risk as best we can,” Maassen told Reuters.
German security forces carried out raids on Feb. 4 in two refugee camps and throughout Germany, reports the Daily Mail. German police searched for IS fighter suspects at refugee camps in Hanover and Attendorn, as well as several locations in Berlin.
Two men and one woman were reportedly arrested in the raids, whom German police have said are suspected of being linked to the Islamic State.
Security analysts suggested that Germany’s support for military campaigns against ISIS in Iraq and Syria could raise the country’s chances of being targeted by the terrorist group.
Since the Paris attacks linked to ISIS in November, Germany has been wary of a similar attack on its soil.
In December, Germany increased its support of the international military campaign against ISIS, pledging to send up to 1,200 ground troops to join coalition forces Syria, according to NPR.