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Germany sees threat from returning Syria militants

Published on Feb 26, 2014 11:52 PM

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany faces an increased threat of attack due to around a doen German militants who have returned from the conflict in Syria with specialist knowledge of weapons and bomb-making, German intelligence officers said.

Hans-Georg Maassen, head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV), said about 300 German citizens had left to join rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria since the conflict began in 2011, and more than 20 had died there.

"We have knowledge of about a dozen people who were active in the conflict in Syria ... and with this the threat of a terror attack in Germany increases," Mr Maassen said.

About 10 per cent of those who have travelled to Syria are Muslim converts and about 7 per cent women, the agency said.

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