Germany Can't Rule Out Istanbul-style Terror Attacks, Spy Chief Warns

BfV chief Hans-Georg Massen tells Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that attacks by Islamist militants pose the biggest security threat for Germany.

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A Turkish anti-riot police officer (L) stands guard as people walk past near the explosion site on June 29, 2016 at Ataturk airport International arrival terminal in Istanbul, a day after a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's airport, killing at least 36 people.
A triple suicide bombing and gun attack that occurred on June 28, 2016 at Istanbul's Ataturk airport has killed at least 36 people, including foreigners, with Turkey's prime minister saying early signs pointed to an assault by the Islamic State group.
A Turkish anti-riot police officer (L) stands guard as people walk past near the explosion site, at Ataturk airport International arrival terminal in Istanbul, on June 29, 2016.Credit: Ozan Kose, AFP
Michelle Martin

REUTERS - Attacks by Islamist militants pose the biggest security threat for Germany and events like the this week could happen in Germany, the head of the country's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) told a Saturday newspaper.

Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers killed 44 people at Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday, the deadliest in a string of attacks in Turkey this year.

"We can't rule out attacks like those in Istanbul also happening in our country," Hans-Georg Maassen told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

He said recent military defeats for Islamic State were not demoralizing jihadists here, and attacks in Europe were becoming ever more important for Islamic State to intimidate people and send the message to followers that "we're still here."

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