Monday, 21 September 2015

Germany: Syrian refugee 'claims IS links'

German police are investigating an asylum-seeker on suspicion that he 
fought for the Islamic State group in Syria, newspaper Welt am Sonntag 
reported on Sunday.

The suspect is a Syrian national and lives in an asylum-seeker shelter in the 
northeast region of Brandenburg, the newspaper reported, quoting security sources.

The man had allegedly told other migrants living in the centre that he had fought for 
the IS group and killed people.  His claims were filmed secretly with a mobile 
telephone by other residents of the shelter, leading to the probe.

Investigators are now trying to determine if the Syrian was indeed a member of the 
IS, the newspaper reported.

A spokeswoman for federal police declined to confirm or deny the report.
Despite the case, federal police do not believe that Islamists are infiltrating 
Germany through the influx of refugees.