Germany is finding it “almost impossible” to keep track of the 7,000 terror suspects in the country, a former head of MI6 counter-terrorism has claimed, according to the Express.
Richard Barrett said that the authorities was struggling to cope with the number of “live” cases in the country.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said that there were around 550 “really extreme potential terrorists on the books”.
He added: “In addition to that though if you include all the Lander (local regions) in Germany they have about 7,000 live cases.
“As you can imagine, that is an almost impossible number to control.”
For Mr Barrett, the wider group of potential suspects were those who had “come to attention in this context of radical extremism” and therefore “worthy of investigation”.
The evaluation from the 68-year-old comes after German security forces are under the spotlight following the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12 people and injured 48.
Those who warned about the possibility of terrorists tagging along with the stream of migrants have long been proven right, and the frightening consequences are becoming real to ever more people.
Perhaps the most frightening is the fact that apart from the many thousands the authorities know about, there are also thousands who for various reasons never registered and are living illegally in the country, off the radar.
(Note, the article picture is for illustrative purposes only, and (hopefully) does not depicts any terrorists.)
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