Germany is to investigate all military recruits amid fears Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists are trying to join its armed forces.

A spokesman for the counter-espionage service (MAD) said 20 Islamists had been identified in the Bundeswehr and 60 other potential cases were being investigated.

The German parliament is to consider legislation that would make it mandatory for all recruits to be screened in a bid to stop jihadists infiltrating the military and obtaining weapons training, according to German media group Funke.

The spokesman for MAD said recruiting offices had received a number of queries from people who wanted join the military for just a few months.

He said they had expressed an interest in intensive weapons and equipment training.

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