A Muslim terrorist infiltrator has been exposed in the headquarters of the German Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (BfV) – a domestic intelligence service particularly running antiterrorist operations, German media report, citing security sources.

The information about “a suspected Islamist, [who] was exposed amid the [BfV] staff” was obtained by German dailies Die Welt and Der Siegel from BfV sources. The terrorist has been detained and handed over to the Dusseldorf Prosecutor’s Office, and is now in custody.

According to the German media, the infiltrator violated official secrecy by disclosing BfV’s “confidential data” and was collecting information needed for planning a terrorist attack.

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The Muslim terrorist, who has not been identified due to security reasons, has partly admitted his guilt and told the prosecutors that he planned to infiltrate the BfV to collect all necessary information for carrying out a bomb attack on its headquarters “at the mercy of Allah,” Der Spiegel reports.

However, a BfV spokesman told Die Welt that there was no immediate threat to the security service’s personnel as the terrorist’s preparations did not apparently enter an active phase. At the same time, the spokesman stressed that it was still unknown if the suspected acquired any explosives.

The Muslim terrorist is a German citizen, 51, who earlier worked in a bank and was hired by the BfV in April, Der Spiegel reports. He successfully passed all recruitment procedures and was tasked with monitoring the activities of Islamists in Germany. According to a source in the BfV, the man behaved “inconspicuously”during the recruitment process and professional training period.

According to the German media, the infiltrator violated official secrecy by disclosing BfV’s “confidential data” and was collecting information needed for planning a terrorist attack.

 

The terrorist’s internet activities eventually drew attention of another BfV informant, who was also monitoring the activities of Islamists. The informant disguised himself as a Muslim radical and closely monitored the activities of the suspect for four weeks.

In one of the conversations with the BfV informant, the terrorist revealed his true identity and admitted that he was a BfV employee. He then offered his “fellow believer” assistance in infiltrating the BfV headquarters and carrying out a terrorist attack against “the infidels,”“in the name of Allah.” The terrorist was subsequently arrested after a tip-off by the informant.

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The incident involving German domestic security service comes just several weeks after as many as 20 Muslim infiltrators were uncovered in Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service, the MAD. There, the infiltrators were particularly interested in advanced weapons and tactical training that could be useful when carrying out future attacks in Germany or abroad.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned in September that there were more than 520 people in Germany capable of committing “unexpected” and potentially “high-profile” terrorist attacks inspired by Islamism, stressing that their number is higher than ever before.

Meanwhile, the BfV warns that the Salafist movement in Germany is rapidly growing in numbers and is now one of the most swiftly growing extremist groups in the republic. According to the security service, as many as 9,200 people belong to this group.

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