BERLIN, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Germany's domestic intelligence
agency said on Thursday that minors returning from war zones in
Syria and Iraq could grow into a new generation of recruits in
Germany for the Islamic State group.
More than 950 people from Germany went to join Islamic State
in Syria and Iraq, some 20 percent of them women and 5 percent
minors, the BfV domestic intelligence agency said.
With Islamic State losing territory in Syria and Iraq, many
of the women are expected to return with their children. Germany
needs to prepare for the risk of the children being radicalized,
BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen said.
"We see the danger of children who socialized with and were
indoctrinated by jihadists returning to Germany from the war
zones," said Maassen. "This could allow a new generation of
jihadists to be raised here."
Last year, a 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy failed in an
attempt to detonate two explosive devices in the western town of
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Riham Alkousaa;
Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)
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