Germany pledges action against illegal PKK
Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said criminal offenses by foreign extremist and terrorist groups in Germany have increased more than 50 percent last year, largely due to the PKK.
“State authorities will continue to do everything to ensure that foreign terrorist and extremist organizations don’t use Germany as a sphere of action. This also and specifically applies to the PKK,” he stressed.
PKK followers committed 1,873 criminal offenses in Germany last year, according to annual statistics announced by the Interior Minister, an increase of more than 80 percent over the previous year, while violent offenses rose from 152 to 305.
Supporters of the PKK and its Syrian offshoot the YPG claimed responsibility last year for dozens of attacks against mosques, associations and other Turkish institutions in Germany to protest Turkey’s counterterrorism operations in northwestern Syria, Anadolu Agency reported.
Interior Minister Seehofer, an influential conservative politician, had promised a hard stance against foreign extremist and terrorist groups after assuming his new post in 2018.