In an interview with national news agency DPA, Hans-Georg Maaßen also defended security officials under fire after it emerged that Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri had slipped through their net, saying they had done everything they could.
Overall, the number of #Salafists - or fundamentalist Sunni Muslims - in #Germany has risen to more than 9,700, sharply up from 3,800 people in 2011, said Maaßen.
“It’s of great concern to us that this scene is not only growing, but it is also very diversified. There is not just one, two, three or four people who have a say,” he warned.
“Rather, there are many people who dominate this Salafist scene. And all these people have to be watched.”
While in the past, there were a few people who wielded influence, today, there are many small clusters formed by individuals.
“So you can no longer talk about a Salafist scene as a whole, but you have to deal with many hotspots. That makes things more difficult for us, because we can no longer just watch a few people. We have to monitor many groups,” he said.