During their investigations into the Lebanese "Hezbollah", the German security authorities learned of storing ammonium nitrate in Germany.
In response to a query, the Federal Service for the Protection of the Constitution (German Internal Intelligence) stated that in the framework of investigations into Hezbollah "in the past, a storage of so-called" cold packs ", which, among other things, contained ammonium nitrate, had been discovered.
The authority added in a statement: "The stored cooling packages were removed from Germany again in 2016. There is no information or evidence that this storage of" cooling packages "has to do with the storage of (ammonium nitrate) in Beirut port."
The inquiry comes against the backdrop of a report by the Israeli "Channel 12" station, which last spring mentioned, without mentioning its sources, that the Israeli foreign intelligence "Mossad" informed the German intelligence about Hezbollah's storing of ammonium nitrate in warehouses in southern Germany.
In response to an inquiry about a possible finding of ammonium nitrate in Germany, the German Interior Ministry said: "We cannot make statements in this regard for reasons related to the protection of the executive interests of the German security authorities."
The Free Democratic Party in the local parliament of the German state of Bavaria had contacted the local government of the state to inquire about the report of the Israeli station before the statement of the Constitution Protection Authority.
"Bavaria should not become a storehouse of explosive materials for militants," Martin Hagen, head of the party's parliamentary bloc, said in remarks.
Hagen asked the state government to request a written briefing to answer whether the authorities were aware of ammonium nitrate stores in Bavaria, whether they had been found, and the size of the ammonium nitrate they had been seized in.