Tysk etterretningsvesen oppjusterer tallet på Syria-krigere til 700, men det kan være enda flere.

Nearly 700 German citizens have left the country to join radical Islamist forces, German officials have said. Several have died in the Middle East, but many have returned, posing a threat to German security.

«Departures to war zones show no signs of abating,» said BfV President Hans-Georg Maassen. The BfV is Germany’s domestic intelligence agency.

One third of the 680 people who had traveled abroad had returned to Germany while 85 had died in Syria or Iraq, the Maassen said. Many of those returning to Germany had gained experience in warfare and were being seen as a potential threat to domestic security.