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The Interior Ministry said authorities have stepped up security at airports after a request by the US triggered by fresh concerns that al Qaeda may be trying to smuggle bombs on board airliners to the US. The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned that Islamist terrorism has become the number one threat to Germany, and noted that over 320 German Islamists have traveled to Syria for jihad; he also said the number of Salafists in Germany has risen from 4,500 in 2012 to about 6,000.
Authorities charged Kreshnik B., a German citizen from Frankfurt am Main, with membership in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Following his return from Syria, he was arrested on suspicion of planning attacks. Authorities are investigating the German Brigade of Millatu Ibrahim, whose leader, Denis Cuspert a.k.a. Deso Dogg a.k.a. Abu Talha al-Almani, is now fighting for ISIS. Interior Minister de Maiziere recently expressed concern that Islamists from Germany are cooperating with ISIS in Iraq as well as in Syria.
German police arrested French jihadist Tewffik Bouallag in Berlin as he arrived on a flight from Istanbul. Bouallag, a native Frenchman, reportedly fought in Syria with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and is thought to have returned to Europe to recruit fighters for Syria or to plan attacks.
A Lebanese man identified as Ismail I. was charged with membership in a terrorist organization after returning from fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Syria; his brother Ezzeddine I. and a German identified as Mohammad Sobhan A. were charged with supporting a terrorist organization. At the time of his arrest, Ismail was on his way back to Syria with money, military equipment, and medicine that he had obtained with the help of the other two men. Authorities estimate that some 300 people have gone to Syria from Germany to fight, most of them German-born Muslims.
Police arrested a Somali man in Kehl in possession of a fake Kenyan passport and a fake Swedish visa last week; he said he was applying for asylum. Authorities are building an additional wall to protect the interim storage of nuclear materials at the Gundremmingen nuclear power plant against terrorist attacks.
A court is investigating Ismail I., 24, a Lebanese national suspected of fighting last year in Syria for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and two of his accomplices; he was allegedly sent back to Germany by ISIS to procure money and supplies for the group. A court sentenced a Somali pirate chief to 12 years in prison on kidnapping and extortion charges.