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German intelligence monitoring 17 Islamic extremists who have returned from Syria
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:00 PM EST
German authorities say they are monitoring the activities of 17 Islamic extremists who have returned to Germany after fighting in Syria.
Spokesman Jens Teschke told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that about 50 have returned, 17 of them with fighting experience. Several are converts to Islam.
European governments have expressed concern that battle-hardened Islamic extremists could carry out terrorist attacks upon their return.
Teschke says there is currently no legal basis for arresting those under surveillance and none appear to be planning attacks in Germany.
Daily Die Welt reported Wednesday that a 16-year-old Turkish-German extremists was recently killed in Syria.