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Germany arrests intelligence agent over suspected Takfiri bomb attack

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German police have arrested a domestic intelligence agent over suspicion of planning a Takfiri bomb attack on the agency’s main office.

According to the country’s weekly Der Spiegel and daily Die Welt on Tuesday, the 51-year-old German national had been planning an attack on the Bundesverfassungsschutz (BfV) headquarters in Cologne, since April.

Der Spiegel also noted that the suspect had partially admitted to the allegations being brought against him.

The reports also said that he had been spreading the agency’s confidential information online.

A spokesman for the BfV noted that the man has been accused of making Takfiri statements on the internet under a false name, but refrained from giving details of his position in the agency and the bomb plot.

“The man behaved inconspicuously during his employment process, training and in his area of responsibility," added the spokesman.

Over the past few months Germany has upped its surveillance of potential militant groups and persons following two attacks claimed by Daesh.

According to the BfV, Germany is the home of around 40,000 radicalized Takfiris.

Security officials have warned about the possibility that attacks could be linked to the issue of refugees. Germany has let in nearly a million refugees since the influx of refugees into Europe began in 2015.

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