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Wave of Violence Shakes Germany’s Calm

7/25/16
from The Wall Street Journal,
7/25/16:

Renewed debate over country’s open door to more than one million migrants in the past 20 months.

Four acts of violence in seven days have shattered Germany’s calm and revived an emotional debate over the security implications of taking in more than one million migrants and refugees in the past 20 months. Police identified asylum applicants as suspects in three apparently unconnected high-profile attacks in the past week, from an ax attack on a train last week to a fatal stabbing and a suicide blast, both on Sunday. The bombing and ax rampage, in which a teenager registered as an Afghan refugee wounded five people, have been identified as Islamist terrorism. But all four—including a shooting spree by a German-Iranian teenager Friday in Munich that killed nine—have put the European Union’s most populous country on edge. “I thought Germany was safe—no shooting, no terror,” said Faruk Sazil, a 30-year-old of Turkish origin, who owns a kebab stand next to the McDonald’s where the Munich shooting began. “Now I don’t know. Who can know?” Authorities say the Munich shooter had been treated for depression and was obsessed by mass killings.

Sunday evening’s attack by a Syrian man in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, which wounded 15 people, is the first suicide bombing motivated by Islamic extremism in Germany. Authorities said Monday that the bomber had pledged allegiance to the leader of Islamic State. While neighboring France and Belgium have been repeatedly targeted, “until now, terror had circumvented Germany,” said Burkhard Lischka, a lawmaker focused on domestic affairs with the center-left Social Democratic Party. “Now the reality has taken hold that anyone who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time can be a victim. That provokes enormous uncertainty,” he said. Politicians “now must do everything to guarantee maximum safety.”

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