More than 100 dangerous Islamists in Europe...
Actually...at least 100 just in Germany...
Hundreds of "dangerous Islamists radicals" are suspected to be based around Europe, counter-terrorism officials from Europe have said, amid warnings of a potential Al-Qaida attack on the continent.
"The number of dangerous Islamists [in Germany] lies at more than 100," Konrad Freiberg, chairman of Germany's main police union, told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper on Tuesday, adding that about 40 had explosives training. "This is very dangerous for us."
German police and security experts believe radical Muslim communities like a Hamburg mosque linked to the 2001 attacks on the United States have produced up to 100 trained militants who now pose a major security threat.
Reports of eight German militants killed in a suspected U.S. drone attack in Pakistanon Monday put a spotlight on a growing number of trained, battle-hardened jihadists from Germany who are back in Europe and could take part in attacks.
While the German government has played down the latest U.S. and British warnings of a heightened risk of terrorist attacks in Europe, dismissing them as "alarmist", police see a growing threat from militants trained on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
With papers picturing Berlin landmarks named as potential targets, including the Brandenburg Gate and the Fernsehturm (TV tower) that dominates the skyline, Freiberg warned: "We should expect attacks."
The head of the BKA Federal Crime Office, Joerg Ziercke, told Tagespiegel newspaper on September 5 that he put the number of militants living in Germany at 400, some of whom had battle experience from Afghanistan.
Police had seen an increase "in travel and attempted travel from members of violence-prone Islamist circles" since 2009 and Germany classified 131 people "as potential instigators" who could carry out attacks "of a considerable magnitude", he said.