German Intelligence Officer Arrested over ‘Islamist Plot’ to Bomb Agency’s Headquarters

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A German intelligence officer, who worked for the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, or the BfV (Germany’s domestic security agency), was arrested over an “Islamist plot” to bomb a headquarters of his employer.

German Intelligence Officer Arrested over ‘Islamist Plot’ to Bomb Agency's Headquarters

A headquarters of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Cologne (Photo: German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution)

A 51-year-old German intelligence officer, an employee of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, or the BfV (Germany’s domestic security agency), was accused of preparing an “Islamist plot” and arrested. Reportedly, the man planned to bomb a headquarters of his employer, located in Cologne.

As The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing German media, a “partial confession” was made by the suspect, after he was taken into custody. At the same time, an unnamed intelligence official told the Der Spiegel magazine that the suspect also shared “sensitive information about the BfV, which could lead to a threat to the office.”

Talking with the AFP news agency, a spokeswoman for the BfV also confirmed that the suspect offered “internal information during chats” and made “Islamist remarks online under a false name.” The spokesman also added that since April, the suspected man had been monitoring Islamist groups in Germany on the instruction of his leadership.

Reportedly, the alleged goal of the online communications of the suspect was to recruit other Islamists to the BfV and hit the “non-believers” with a large-scale attack.

The family of the suspected man said that they did not know anything about his conversion to the Islamic religion and the preparing plot.

The arrest follows several recent Islamist attacks in Germany, including a machete attack in Reutlingen city, a knife attack on a train near Wuerzburg and a suicide bomb attack at the Ansback music festival.

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