More German women joining ISIL

Head of the Germany's domestic intelligence agency says more German women joining ISIL to fight

More German women joining ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) fears a growing number of women have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside ISIL, its chief said on Wednesday.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the agency, told reporters in Berlin there had been a sharp increase in the number of young women under 25 leaving Germany to join the insurgents.

He said that about 100 of the 700 Germans in combat areas were women and about half of those women were under 25.

"We've seen a rise in the number of women who fall for the increased appeal of the recruiting activities both on the Internet and through direct personal contacts," Maassen said, adding the number of sympathisers in Germany had grown to about 7,500. "The threat is becoming increasingly complex."

He said that about 100 people from Germany who joined the armed group had been killed. He said there were indications that the numbers of those killed had increased considerably since the start of 2015. About one-third of those who left Germany have returned and more than 50 of those had combat experience.

Last Mod: 24 Haziran 2015, 15:00
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