The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has said in a newspaper interview that a recently-banned Salafist organization is seeking to set up a German language outpost in the Middle East instead.

Hans-Georg Maassen said on Monday that a Salafist group expelled from Germany in the summer was seeking to re-establish its influence in the country from afar. Maassen is the president of the federal division of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the "Verfassungsschutz;" he took up the post on August 1.

The Millatu Ibrahim group, a band of Salafists promoting a strict interpretation of Islamic law, was banned in Germany by Maaßen's predecessor in July - a move Maassen described as "necessary."

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