German’s Military Counterintelligence Service is investigating 64 persons working for the Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), suspected of being “extremist Islamists” . This was announced today by the defense ministry in Berlin, reported Reuters.
According to a spokesman for the ministry among the suspects, there are both civilian staff and uniformed men.
In the years from 2007 to 2016 about 30 Islamist militants who have worked for the German armed forces have resided after that in Iraq and Syria. Nineteen people were laid off during the same period from the Bundeswehr because they were implicated as extremist Islamists.
Military Counterintelligence Service of Germany is entitled to perform such inspections only to persons who are on the payroll in the Bundeswehr. Yesterday the Federal Government of Germany has approved a bill that would allow candidates for service in the armed forces to undergo checks for Islamic extremism as well.
On Sunday newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” reported that the draft amendment to the law states that there is evidence that Islamists are trying to penetrate the Bundeswehr to receive military training.
German armed forces are numbering 250,000 people, writes “Reuters”.