German official: Radicals going to Syria key concern
German official: Radicals going to Syria key concern
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Germany's top security official said the number of Islamic extremists traveling to Syria is "extraordinarily high" and a key concern as he starts his second stint in the job.

Thomas de Maiziere said today that some 240 radicals are known to have gone from Germany to Syria over the past year. He said his fear is that they could return "with combat experience and international contacts" to carry out attacks in Germany.

He stressed that the problem of homegrown radicals heading to Syria is not Germany's alone, with France and other European countries facing the same issue.

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