BERLIN : Germany’s federal criminal police say they are in possession of files containing personal data on members of the extremist Islamic State group and believe them to be authentic. Thursday’s announcement comes after Britain’s Sky News reported it had obtained 22,000 Islamic State files on the border with Turkey and Syria, detailing IS fighters’ real names, telephone numbers, and even names of those who sponsored and recruited the fighters.
Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported it had also obtained “dozens” of similar files on the Turkey-Syria border.
A spokeswoman for the Bundeskriminalamt says her agency is currently evaluating the files. She spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.
She declined to say where the agency obtained the files, how many documents are involved and how long it has had them.