Currently, around 90 mosque communities in Germany are under surveillance and many of them are “predominately Arabic-speaking,” the president of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said in an interview on Monday.

“We are concerned that there are many Islamic mosques in Germany that we also need to examine,” Hans-Georg Maassen told German public broadcaster ARD’s “Morgenmagazin.”

Maassen said that many of the mosques and communities in question were so-called “backyard mosques” where “self-proclaimed imams, self-proclaimed emirs” rally their followers to deliver “hate-speech” and where they also “incite jihad.”

However, the intelligence chief strongly cautioned against “throwing Muslims and religious extremists into the same pot.”

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