’60 fighters from Germany have died in Syria, Iraq’

This file image posted on a militant website on Jan. 7, 2014, shows a convoy of vehicles and fighters from the Islamic State group in Iraq's Anbar Province. German intelligence were reported on Sunday as saying at least 550 jihadis from Germany were known to have fought in Iraq and Syria and about 60 have been died.

This file image posted on a militant website on Jan. 7, 2014, shows a convoy of vehicles and fighters from the Islamic State group in Iraq’s Anbar Province. German intelligence were reported on Sunday as saying at least 550 jihadis from Germany were known to have fought in Iraq and Syria and about 60 have been died.

BERLIN: The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died.

The number of extremists given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday’s Welt a.m. Sonntag newspaper is up from the figure of 450 authorities previously used.

He was quoted as saying that “about 60 of these people coming from Germany so far have been killed or killed themselves — at least nine of them in suicide attacks.”

Officials in Germany and other European countries worry that radicalized extremists returning from Syria and Iraq could pose a risk to security at home. Maassen says authorities believe about 180 have returned to Germany.

 
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