The Salafist scene in Germany is rapidly growing, according to Germany's domestic intelligence chief. Radical Islamists have been adept in recruiting disaffected young Muslim men from families with migrant backgrounds.
There are more than 6,300 Salafists currently active in Germany, whereas three years ago the number was just 3,800, according to domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen.
"It's a very rapid rise and it's very alarming," Maassen told Radio-Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb-Inforadio) in an interview on Saturday. The number of Salafists in Germany could rise to 7,000 by the end of the year, he said.