Germany attacks: What is going on?

Special force police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Special force police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Germany is reeling from a series of four violent attacks in a week in its south.

Ten people have been killed and dozens more injured in separate gun, bomb, axe and machete attacks. Three were in Bavaria and one in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The authorities say they were not linked – but do they herald a new era of insecurity for the country?

What has happened?

On 18 July, a teenage Afghan refugee hacked at passengers on a train in Wuerzburg with an axe and knife, wounding five. He was shot dead by police.

On 22 July, a German teenager of Iranian heritage shot dead nine people in Munich before shooting himself dead.

On 24 July, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee killed a woman with a machete and wounded five other people as he fled before being arrested.

Later that day, a 27-year-old Syrian whose refugee application had been refused blew himself up outside a bar in Ansbach. Fifteen people were wounded.

Were they terror attacks?

The attack in Wurzburg has been claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) while the Ansbach bomber had videos on his phone showing him pledging allegiance to the group, Bavaria’s interior minister said.

The attacker’s bomb was packed with metal fragments and he had been attempting to gain entry to a music festival which more than 2,000 people were attending.

However, police have ruled out a political motive for the killings in Munich.

Gunman Iranian  David Ali Sonboly was inspired by other mass shootings that had no political motivation, such as a school massacre carried out by 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer in Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2009.
Sonboly carried out his attack on the fifth anniversary of the 77 murders by far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik in Norway.
Investigators in Reutlingen said the Syrian machete attacker knew his victim and the attack was probably to do with their relationship.
Any links?
German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said the attacks were not connected and did not show a “consistent pattern”.
But Raffaello Pantucci from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) says the first attacks may have influenced what was to follow.
“Was the Ansbach bomber waiting for the right moment because all these other things were happening? It would not surprise me to find out that some activity was accelerated,” he said.

Did mental illness play a role?

Sonboly had a history of mental illness. He had spent two months as an inpatient at a mental care facility in 2015, was depressed and feared contact with others, the Munich prosecutor’s office said.

The suicide bomber in Ansbach had also spent time living in a mental care facility and had twice attempted to take his own life, officials said.

In Reutlingen, the attacker also showed signs of being mentally disturbed.

He was also already known to police for assault, theft and drugs offences, police said.

Is the refugee background relevant?

The big influx of refugees to Germany was already controversial, so the fact that three of the attackers arrived as refugees is likely to sharpen criticism further.

The German government has already attempted to deflect this, saying the risk of someone being a perpetrator of terrorism is not greater among refugees than among the general population.

“Most of the terrorists who committed attacks in Europe in the past months were not refugees,” said Ms Demmer.

However, there were likely to be a few individuals with “psychopathic tendencies” as well as links to criminal and terror networks among such a large group of people, Mr Pantucci said.

Should Germany expect more attacks?

Germany has not yet suffered a massive terrorist attack of the type seen in Paris and Nice – but that does not mean it is not a target, Mr Pantucci says.

Returning jihadists are known to have told investigators that the IS group was keen to recruit in Germany and the UK to boost its ability to carry out attacks in those countries.

“Their networks in these countries are not as close to criminal networks or as substantial as in francophone countries such as France and Belgium,” he says.

“Most Muslims in Germany are of Turkish origin and while there are Turkish jihadists present, it is more of an Arab story and has deeper roots in France and Belgium.”

Are the German authorities ready?

The country has different police and intelligence agencies for each region as well as federal agencies and this bureaucratic layering could allow plots to “slip through” if intelligence is not shared effectively, Mr Pantucci says.

A review of French intelligence has already found that attacks there could have been prevented if different forces and agencies had communicated with one another.

Efforts to disrupt plots could also be hobbled because of German legislation preventing agencies from eavesdropping on citizens in the same way as their counterparts in the UK and US routinely do, Mr Pantucci says.

The German government is currently attempting to broaden the scope of the intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, to collect data, but a proposed new law has not yet been passed.





40 responses to “Germany attacks: What is going on?”

  1. Rudy1947 Avatar

    What’s going on? Perhaps too much rainfall, grass shark infestation, mosquitos, bad hop harvest(I’d be irritated).

    1. Oh Yeah Avatar

      The German refugee policy caused this situation, that simple.

      Now it’s time for the French to learn so today’s slitting of the priest throat wouldn’t be repeated.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        Valls opened France to 200,000 immigrants a year ignorant Uh Yawn

        1. Matrix Avatar

          Press TV ????, why didn’t you pick up

          “Russia’s Federal Security Service monitors over 220 potential suicide bombers”

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Pour les gens ici, comme Libanese, qui parle Francaise? Bon.

          2. Matrix Avatar

            Finally Abyad watching other news then Press TV, RT….

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Matrix-Oh Yeah.. on the column
            Press TV ????, why didn’t you pick up “Russia’s Federal Security Service monitors over 220…

            Nazi orders

          4. Matrix Avatar

            Not in the German BILD, on the contrary.

        1. Matrix Avatar

          Valls was booed, because he is not as effective as Sarkozy!

        2. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Matrix-Oh Yeah voulaient ‘en Français’..did you read the video commentaries?’s in French 😉

  2. Rascal Avatar

    All I can say is that when you mix elements of a more primitive culture with a more open and free culture there is bound to be problems. Europe gave muslims the benefit of the doubt when no one else would take them, look now at the surge in crime and almost daily acts of terror.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      hohohohoho ,,, slow learning process in university where professor shows planet cannot be rotating.
      (a little faster where ‘creation’ abounds)

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        What’s going..19 Dead in Knife Attack in Japan!

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Head for the woods soon …

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Good you don’t see West Bank being annexed.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Like the good old days …. if we don’t see it, it never happened. 😉

        2. The only truly advanced culture is yours, you retarded copy-paster.

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Stop interfering in my posts stalker.
            Yes Japan is a great and advanced culture, you gutter darkness.

          2. What happened to “blocked-blocked-blocked”, retard? 🙂

          3. Matrix Avatar

            Hind can’t live without notifications from you….

          4. Never mind that, but how can she live with herself? 🙂

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            @Y K
            Blocked are seen in notifications, donKY

          6. Matrix Avatar

            You cliam you blocked Matrix, and now you claiming you that Y K is blocked as well…..

            It’s time that someone should block YOU, then it will be the end with all notifications from you.

    2. Matrix Avatar

      Talking about trigger happy media – “Blast rocks apartment in Malmo, Sweden – police” []

  3. Matrix Avatar

    What a naive question – “Is the refugee background relevant?”

    The Germans should use the same solution as Hungary – stop the influx at the border, and just let in registered refugees.

    Perhaps the three of the attackers would never be abale to arrived as refugees.

  4. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    One of murderers of the French priest was on terrorist watch list

    “One of the two knifemen who took five hostages, including two nuns, at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray,church in Normandy Tuesday and cut the throat of the local priest, was on a terror watch list and out of jail for a few hours with an electronic tag. Last year, he tried to travel to Syria and was stopped. ISIS recently called on its followers in France to attack churches. This was the first time that a Christian religious site was attacked by jihadists in Europe.”

    When Al Nusra beheaded 3 cousins in Christian village Maaloula Monastery, and kidnapped 8 nuns (not only Maaloua, all surrounding Monasteries), no Western media talked about it, on the contrary, US backed Al Nusra as “Moderate”.
    France what did you do? You protected Middle East Christians for 1,000 years, what changed? So everybody shut up!!

  5. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    France’s Zionist Prime Minister: A Review of Emmanuel Ratier’s “Le Vrai Visage de Manuel Valls

    “There are no more ethnocentric power networks on this planet than Jewish networks, these same networks are hysterically opposed to non-Jewish nationalisms and, partly as a result, ethnic Europeans are simply not allowed to openly profess ethnocentrism.

    Valls the politician is of little import, besides being an exemplar of how low politicians in the West will sink in order to achieve power, fame, and fortune. But the forces he answers to and represents are much deeper and promise, if left unchecked, to destroy both France and indeed all Western nations.”

    1. With Erdogan’s counter-coup out of the headlines, The Retard is back to her favorite pastime: copypasting Nazis. She believes they will receive her mustachioed Aryan mug with open arms. 🙂

  6. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Zionist Sarkozy ” My life is to serve the state of Israel”.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      (Guy with sweaty hands showing something..) ‘SO Glumchick, Vadda ya tink about Dat Creation?’
      (Sarkosy chuckling as he thinks about telling them..) ‘Je ne sais quois, Mais … C’est Mervielleux.’
      Political correctness.
      (Fat guys around judging facial expressions …)

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        ;-)) have you noticed how politician’s faces can be transparent?
        (Except Holland)…

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Trumpie already had that treatment … didn’t phase him at all … just call out the ‘guards’ ..

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        France is not the US 😉 French go down on the streets.
        “Liberté Fraternité Égalité”. US Statue if Liberty was a gift
        from France

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Someone translated that into ‘Give me Liberty or give me death’, and once again chose the wrong feeling in it’s meaning.
          Enjoy the weather … I’m having a downpour of all the rain saved (by God?) in the last month. Might need to cut damn grass again … soon.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          It’s a monstrous universe.. on the other hand so is war

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