Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in a booklet prepared for asylum seekers and refugees warned against spies for the Turkish government who have infiltrated their communities.
Turkish-German reporter Oktay Yaman shared the information on Twitter on Thursday.
“There are spies among you. Stay away from those people who show unusual attention to you, offer you money and ask you persistent questions on how you arrived in Germany,” the warning reads, asking for tips on suspicious people. “We also speak Turkish,” the BND told asylum seekers and refugees in Germany. Germany witnessed a spike in asylum applications from Turkey in the wake of a failed coup on July 15, 2016 as the regime intensified a witch-hunt against real and alleged followers of the faith-based Gülen movement. Turkey accuses the movement of masterminding the coup attempt while jailing and purging its supporters in huge numbers.