A radical network made up of Islamist women has been discovered to be operating in Europe, according to Germany’s domestic security agency. The new terror threat comes from female extremists who take up where their husbands left off, either killed or detained, in their pursuit of terrorizing Western society.
“Female jihadis are becoming increasingly common,” warned Pamela Geller as she called attention to a report from DW which described the newest Islamist network as “made up of around 40 women in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state.” The women follow a strict version of Islam known as Salafism, which controls every aspect of their lives and has been said to “stir up hatred against so-called ‘non-believers.'”
Burkhard Freier, the head of the North Rhine-Westphalian Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), reportedly told Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that “Salafist pockets within society” are “much more difficult to dissolve.”
On the internet, the Islamist women’s network aggressively advertises and proselytizes Salafist ideology. “Every European jihadi in Europe in recent years had been a member of the Salafist scene,” Freier noted.
He went on to explain how this network of women has been indoctrinating their small children, calling Salafism “a family affair”.
“The men have noticed that women can network much better and are therefore more capable of expanding the scene and keeping it active,” Freier added.
His remarks come after Germany’s DPA news agency revealed that German authorities had classified several dozen Muslim women and youngsters as potential risks to domestic security.
Germany’s BfV also warned that the “Islamic State’s” territorial losses in the Middle East caused a drop in the number of jihadists travelling out to Syria and Iraq, while the number of returnees was also increasing. More and more of those returning are women and children.
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