Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV)
militants affiliated with the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group pose the
biggest security threat to the European country, noting it is probable
that terror attacks like the recent one in Turkey could also take place
“We can’t rule out attacks like those in
Istanbul also happening in our country,” said Hans-Georg Maassen, the
head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV),
told German Saturday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
remarks come a few days after a triple bombing and gun attacks killed
45 people, including 19 foreign nationals, and injured nearly 240 others
at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
Istanbul went into a
shock on Tuesday night when bombers opened fire outside the Ataturk
airport. Later, two of the attackers got inside and blew up their
explosives while the third detonated his explosives at the entrance.
group has claimed responsibility for the assault yet, but the Turkish
government has pointed the finger of blame at the Daesh Takfiri
terrorist group. According to Turkish officials, the three suspected
Daesh assailants were reportedly from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Thursday, Turkish police detained 13 people, three of them foreigners,
in raids across Istanbul in connection with Tuesday’s attacks.
anti-riot police officers secure the main entrance of the Ataturk
airport in Istanbul on June 28, 2016, after two explosions followed by
gunfire hit Turkey’s biggest airport. (AFP photo)The
BfV chief went on to say that the recent military defeats for Daesh
terrorists in Iraq were not demoralizing militants, adding that attacks
in Europe were becoming increasingly important for Daesh to intimidate
people and send the message to its followers that “we’re still here.”
army, along with Popular Mobilization Units, has tightened the noose
around Daesh terrorists in the past months. On June 18, Iraqi forces
launched an offensive against Daesh terrorists to retake the southern
part of Mosul and the town of Qayyarah, one day after they retook
Fallujah. The forces aim to ultimately recapture the entire Mosul, which
Daesh has proclaimed its headquarters in Iraq.
Daesh has so far
conducted several deadly attacks in Europe. On March 22, it attacked the
Brussels airport and the city’s metro, leaving 32 people dead and
hundreds more injured.
On November 13, 2015, the Takfiri terrorist
group launched a series of attacks in Paris, killing 130 people. In
January that year, Daesh terrorists struck the French satirical Charlie
Hebdo offices in the French capital, killing 12 people.
30,000 militants from over 100 countries have reportedly traveled to
Syria and Iraq since 2011 to join the ranks of Takfiri terrorist groups.
The Western and European governments were repeatedly warned of a Takfiri backlash when they began supporting militants.