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Top Official: Home Grown Terror Likely in Germany

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence unit said Monday that his organization was searching for home grown terrorists and reiterated his willingness to use information that may have been obtained under torture.

Intelligence officials will closely watch the Internet for Islamist propaganda next year

Intelligence officials will closely watch the Internet for Islamist propaganda next year

Speaking during a symposium on extremism and terrorism that took place in Berlin on Monday, Heinz Fromm, the head of Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said there was no reason to believe that home grown terrorists did not exist in Germany.

"We're looking for such cases," Fromm said, referring to the phenomenon of people who appear to be perfectly integrated into society and only become radicalized after having lived in Germany for years.

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Fromm said German officials can't ignore information that may have been obtained under torture

Starting in January, a group of Internet specialists will also start combing the Web for Islamist video messages and propaganda at a joint anti-terror center established by Germany's law enforcement and intelligence services.

Ignoring nothing

Fromm also defended an earlier statement, saying that he could not ignore information that may have been obtained under torture.

"All information we receive on threats will be looked into," he had told German tabloid Bild am Sonntag a day earlier, adding that there was still "considerable" risk of a terror attack in Germany.

"The possibility that it may not have been obtained in accordance with our principles on the rule of law may not allow us to ignore it," he said, adding that he was only talking about using the material for intelligence purposes and not legal prosecution.

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Leftist attacks at G8 summit?

Looking ahead to the G8 summit on Germany's Baltic Sea coast next June, Fromm said he expected attacks from leftist groups.

He added that these attacks were likely to be directed towards buildings and not people, citing a recent paint attack on the house of the regional state premier as an example.

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