Intelligence chief: 550 people have left Germany to join extremist groups so far, 60 have died

November 23, 2014 9:45 AM

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Intelligence chief: 550 people have left Germany to join extremist groups so far, 60 have died

FILE - In this June 11, 2013 file picture he head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency Hans-Georg Maassen. attends a news conference in Berlin. Maassen says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died. The number given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday’s Nov. 23, 2014 Welt am Sonntag newspaper is up from the figure of 450 authorities previously used. (AP Photo/dpa, Stephanie Pilick,file) (The Associated Press)

BERLIN – The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died.

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