A report by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency puts the number of Salafi Muslims in the country at 3,800 last year, with a small number of those prepared to use violence to achieve their aims. The wider number of Muslims in Germany with extremist views is estimated at more than 38,000, according to the report.
“Our focus remains on Islamist terrorism,” Heinz Fromm (pictured), head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told reporters in Berlin. “This is where the main threat currently comes from.”
Mr. Fromm cited the killing of two U.S. airmen and wounding of two others at the Frankfurt airport last year as an example of the acute but unpredictable nature of Islamist-inspired terrorism.
Arid Uka, 22, was convicted in February of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said Uka, an ethnic Albanian born in Kosovo who grew up in Germany, became radicalized on his own by reading and watching jihadist propaganda on the Internet.
“In the coming years, the intelligence work of the security agencies will continue to be dominated to a large degree by the problem of individual jihadists,” Mr. Fromm said.
The current population of Muslims in Germany is over 3,100,000 – or close to 4 percent of the total population of germany – and steadily increasing