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Germany deported 4 ‘Islamist threats’ to Turkey in 2021

Police officers stand guard in front of the Reichstag building, which houses the lower house of Germany's parliament (Bundestag), in Berlin on December 9, 2021. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

A total of 18 “Islamist threats” were deported from Germany from January to mid-December of this year, with four of them sent to Turkey, according to a report by the German dpa news agency on Monday.

The German security services’ classification of “dangerous” covers those who commit or intend to commit serious crimes of violence, including politically motivated terrorist attacks, dpa said.

The information was revealed in a response by the German federal government to a parliamentary question by deputy Martin Hess from the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD).

The government also said five more people also accused of supporting terrorism were deported from the country.

According to dpa, five of the radical Islamists were sent to Russia, four to Turkey and two to Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the remainder were sent to Algeria, Kuwait, Pakistan, Somalia, Tajikistan, Iraq and Iran.

Referring to an earlier answer by the federal government to another parliamentary question, dpa said the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), which is part of the Ministry of the Interior, currently classifies 940 German citizens, 280 Syrians, 120 Turks, 90 Russians and 60 Iraqis as potential Islamist terrorists.

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