Muslim extremists 'being watched' ahead of Cup

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10 April 2006, HAMBURG - More than 50 Muslims who have returned to Germany from fighting in Iraq are under observation by German authorities two months ahead of the football World Cup, Focus news magazine reported. Citing security forces in Berlin, Focus, in a report made available ahead of Monday's publication, said those in question had been identified by the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). The BfV did not want to confirm the report on Saturday. Germany is imposing str

10 April 2006

HAMBURG - More than 50 Muslims who have returned to Germany from fighting in Iraq are under observation by German authorities two months ahead of the football World Cup, Focus news magazine reported.

Citing security forces in Berlin, Focus, in a report made available ahead of Monday's publication, said those in question had been identified by the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).

The BfV did not want to confirm the report on Saturday.

Germany is imposing strict security at the June 9-July 9 World Cup which brings together 32 teams and is played in 12 cities.

The authorities have no direct terrorist threat against the tournament, but will take nothing for granted. The BfV rates Islamism a threat for internal German security.

Focus said that some 300 Muslims overall from Western Europe have fought in Iraq since 2003 against the US-led forces.

DPA

Subject: German news

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