German intelligence denies report about photos found in Abdeslam flat

Germany's domestic intelligence agency has denied a report that claimed photos of a German nuclear research facility had been found in the Brussels apartment of Salah Abdeslam

Media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported Thursday that authorities who searched Abdeslam's apartment in Brussels' Molenbeek neighbourhood found photos of the Juelich research centre in North-Rhine Westphalia, its chairman and other board members.

RND cited several members of a secret parliamentary committee who said they had been briefed on the findings late last month by Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz.

Responding to the report, a Verfassungsschutz spokesman told dpa it had no knowledge of the photos and that Maassen had not briefed members of the parliamentary committee on the topic.

The research centre in Juelich put out a statement saying there was "no evidence of a possible threat."

The RND report stated that it had requested comment from Germany's Interior Ministry and the Chancellery, and that both had said they have no knowledge of the findings.

Last update: Thu, 14/04/2016 - 13:13
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