Germany is finding it ‘almost impossible’ to keep track of around 7,000 potential terror suspects in the country, a former British intelligence chief has warned.
Richard Barrett, who was head of counter-terrorism at MI6, said the authorities were finding the number of ‘live’ cases unmanageable.
The grim assessment came as German security services face difficult questions following the Berlin Christmas market massacre.
It has emerged that the suspect, Anis Amris, a lifelong criminal, should have been deported months ago.
The 24-year-old, who has a 100,000 euro reward on his head, was under surveillance by German intelligence for several months following his arrival in the country in 2015.
He had been arrested three times this year and his asylum application was rejected, but deportation papers were never served and he disappeared.