German Army to probe ‘suspects sneaking into ranks’

Berlin, Aug 30 (IANS) More than 60 militants were suspected of sneaking into the ranks of the Germany Army to undergo military training and carry out attacks in the country, the media reported.

Germany’s military counter-intelligence agency was investigating 64 suspected, 268 right-wing extremists and six left-wing extremists found in the armed forces, the Daily Mail reported on Monday, citing the German Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

Consequently, the armed forces wants new applicants to undergo a security check by the agency, starting in July 2017, so they can swiftly spot extremists, terrorists and criminals.

A draft document justifying changes, seen by the report, said there were indications that the suspects were trying to get “so-called short-term servicemen into the armed forces” for training.

Germany was on edge after a series of violent attacks in July, two of which were claimed by the Islamic State.

–IANS

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