Hans-Georg Maassen is the head of Germany's Office for the Protection of the Constitution
Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, believes Germany is at risk of another terrorist attack because of its “unchanged high level of hazards” and “its interest from Islamist terrorism”.
The German domestic intelligence chief said: “Islamist terrorist attacks in Germany may occur any time.”
Maassen added: “The potential of violence-oriented Islamists in Germany is growing steadily and will continue to increase.”
The number of hazard warnings have been on the rise and have “tripled since 2013 alone”, according to Maassen.
Counter-terrorism responses taken by German intelligence had increased also increased, Mr Massen said, with more executive measures planned for the rest of 2016 and 2017.
Security services in the country have been on high alert since December 2016 after a Tunisian-born terrorist killed 12 people and injured 56 others after he hijacked a lorry and drove into crowds at a Christmas market in Berlin.
Members of a German police special task force unit respond to the scene of a suicide bomb attack
German intelligence is monitoring growing fundamentalist groups
Islamist terrorist attacks in Germany may occur any time.
The country was also rocked by a wave of attacks last year including one launched by an ISIS-inspired knifeman who wounded four passengers on a train in Wuerzburg.
Later in the same month of July, a suicide bomber injured 12 civilians when he detonated his device outside a wine bar in Ansbach.
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The bomber, Mohammad Daleel, had reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi prior to the attack.
Earlier this week the intelligence chief revealed his agency had become increasingly concerned by the explosive population growth of fundamentalist Sunni Muslims in Germany in the last six years.
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He said: “It's of great concern to us that this scene is not only growing, but it is also very diversified.
"So you can no longer talk about a Salafist [ultra conservative Sunni Islam] scene as a whole, but you have to deal with many hotspots.
“We can no longer just watch a few people. We have to monitor many groups.”
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