BERLIN: Germany’s interior minister will back plans to ban the burqa or the niqab facial veil, the BBC reported. Thomas de Maiziere is due to announce the plan on Thursday.
There have been repeated attacks in German cities recently, some of them conducted by Daesh terror group.
In July, an axe-wielding teenager from Afghanistan injured five people on a train in Wuerzburg before he was shot dead by police.
The same month, a failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 15 people when he set off a bomb outside a music festival in Ansbach.
Both attacks were claimed by Daesh.
The country has very few restrictions on people’s dress. A committee of the government issued a report in 2012 saying it would be unconstitutional to ban the full burqa.
But there are some exceptions. For instance, it is illegal to cover your face in a football stadium in Germany. Burqa bans exist in other parts of Europe, notably France, Belgium and some towns in Italy.