According to the secret service for the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the number of minors among Islamists prepared to use violence is on the rise.
Head of NRW secret services, Burkhard Freier, estimates than among some 640 ‘violent’ Islamists in the state, 14 are aged between 16 and 18 years old. Of the 238 Islamists who had traveled from abroad, 11 are reportedly minors.
In response to the statistics, NRW’s state government now plans to enable its secret services to store personal data beloging to young people who are classed as dangerous from the age of 14. The age currently stands at 16.