KABUL: (Middle East Press) At least sixty German nationals have been killed in Syria and Iraq who have jointed the ISIL Takfiri militants, says an official.
An estimated 60 of the German militants “have to date been killed or committed suicide,” the president of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maassen, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
Maassen also warned about the chances of terrorist attacks by the militants who have returned from the two Middle Eastern countries.
He said “We should get ready,” adding that “such attacks could also happen here at home.”
“There is a specific risk,” the German official added.
According to Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, on November 20 at least 550 Germans have left the country to join the terrorist groups in the crisis-hit Arab countries.
Most of the German nationals who have joined the ISIL terrorists are men, while some women have also entered the two countries.
According to an October report by the UN Security Council, 15,000 foreigners have flocked into Syria and Iraq to fight alongside ISIL or other terrorist groups.
European countries, including Germany, have frequently expressed concern over the ISIL’s power across the continent. Authorities fear that the European terrorists will use their conflict skills against their countries upon returning home.