German intel agent exposed as ‘suspected Islamist’

Source:AFP Published: 2016/11/30 23:18:40

A German working in intelligence has been exposed as "a suspected Islamist," Germany's domestic security agency said on Tuesday, following reports he was planning an attack on the agency's headquarters.

"The Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) has managed to expose a suspected Islamist among its associates," the agency said in a statement, confirming information published earlier by the Der Spiegel weekly and the daily Die Welt.

The 51-year-old German, who was arrested for sharing "sensitive information" online, is believed to have been planning a bombing at the BfV headquarters in the western city of Cologne, according to the German press.

There was no immediate suggestion he had any ties to the radical Islamic State group.

Contacted by AFP, a BfV spokeswoman said the unnamed 51-year-old had "made Islamist remarks online under a false name, and had offered internal information during online chats".

She confirmed that an arrest warrant was issued and the suspect had been detained.

She did not though confirm the reports that he was plotting an attack, saying there was no "evidence of a real danger to the office or its workers."

Prosecutors are readying a case of "preparing a serious act threatening state security".

Both Der Spiegel and Die Welt said he had converted to Islam in 2014.

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