How IS controls terrorists in Germany

Dthe security authorities have been firmly in the eyes of Etrit P. for some time. Recently, disturbing information has accumulated about a 16-year-old teenager Iserlohn therefore he was arrested on Thursday. According to the federal prosecutor, Etritas P., who has both German and Kosovar citizenship, planned a “serious crime endangering the state” on behalf of the terrorist organization “Islamic State” (IS). According to it, P., who is said to have become radicalized within months, communicated with the suspected IS man through the courier service and had already been told how to make an explosive device. However, according to the investigators, P. was then afraid that his plans might be thwarted, and resorted to stabbing the police officers.

P.’s case shows that IS is still active after military defeat in Syria and Iraq and is seeking to carry out attacks in Germany using the so-called mentor method. Since 2016, the security authorities have repeatedly encountered a previously unknown jihadist criminal. These are often unstable and turbo-radicalized young people and teenagers who are only superficially “lone wolves”. In fact, these criminals are sometimes instructed by their “coach” just before their attacks – for example, Riaz A., who in 2016 seriously injured several passengers on a regional train in Franconia in the summer.

Fortunately, since then, in some cases, it has been possible to track down the young men who decided to attack in time. In the case of Mohammad J. Kölne, who kept in touch with the IS instructor via Whatsapp, it was the attentive staff of the refugee accommodation six years ago and, most importantly, members of the mosque community. In the case of Oday J. from Hagen, a year ago the security authorities obtained critical information from a friendly foreign intelligence service. J. wanted to detonate an explosive device in front of the local synagogue. He was also briefed by a suspected IS member during the interview.

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