A German security agent was arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack “in the name of Allah,” reported The Independent. He is also suspected of leaking sensitive information about Germany’s security to Islamist networks.
The man, 51, married and with a family, worked full-time for the Bundesamt fur Vertassungsschutz (BfV), the German equivalent of the FBI. Two years ago, he converted to Islam and pledged allegiance to Mohamed Mahmoud, an Islamic State jihadi from Austria.
Mahmoud had been in Germany where he started a banned extremist organization and spent time in prison for his support of al-Qaeda. He was eventually expelled from the country. He resurfaced in an ISIS propaganda video in which he encouraged jihadis to attack Europe. “Pick up a knife, go down the streets and slaughter every infidel you encounter,” he said on the video before shooting a prisoner in the head.
German officials say the suspect, a lifelong German citizen, was planning an attack on his intelligence agency’s headquarter in Cologne. Using a fake name, he had been chatting on extremist sites on the Internet and was discovered by a BfV informer.
The man’s job at the intelligence agency was to gather information about Islamist networks in Germany.