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  • Police raid Hildesheim mosque, arrest Ludwigsburg suspect (Germany)

    07/29/2016 5:47:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 28.07.2016 | msh/se (dpa)
    Police in the northern German state of Lower Saxony mobilized overnight to Thursday, searching a mosque in Hildesheim run by city’s German-speaking Muslim community organization (DIK Hildesheim). Police also raided eight apartments belonging to board members of the DIK Hildesheim. “The DIK in Hildesheim is a national hotspot for the radical Salafist scene,” Lower Saxony’s state interior minister, Boris Pistorius, said in a statement. “After months of preparation, with these raids today, we have taken an important step towards banning the group.” In the southwest, investigators have arrested a 15-year-old who they believed to have been planning a mass-shooting similar...
  • Govt argues over using army inside Germany

    07/29/2016 5:38:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Jul 2016 09:13 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    After a string of violent rampages over a period of a week, an argument has broken out in Germany’s coalition government over whether the army (Bundeswehr) should be deployed inside the country. […] The debate has been bubbling away for years, with the German constitution placing very tight controls on when the army can be used domestically. Currently the constitution allows for the military to support emergency services during natural catastrophes. But in a new white paper on defense, published earlier this month, SPD and CDU agreed on a compromise wording which would allow for the army to be deployed...
  • Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

    07/28/2016 6:19:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/28/16 | AFP
    Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to face the media in Berlin, said the four assaults within a week were "shocking, oppressive and depressing" but not a sign that authorities had lost control. The German leader said the assailants "wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need". "We firmly reject this," she said at a wide-ranging news conference. Merkel repeated her rallying cry from...
  • German armed police smash their way into mosque

    07/28/2016 2:11:52 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 16 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | 27 July 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Armed police officers have launched a raid on a mosque and several homes belonging to a group believed to be radicalising Muslims in Germany. It comes as part of a crackdown on the group, which is thought to have been encouraging people to travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. The group ran sermons, seminars and lectures entitled 'the hatred of infidels'.
  • Eat, Pay, Love-A new app lets women charge for a night out. Will dating join the on-demand economy?

    07/28/2016 1:06:02 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 49 replies
    The Verge.com ^ | 28JUL2016 | Emily Yoshida
    Tara had struck gold. After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon browsing through the dating app she was currently experimenting with, she hit it off with a nice-sounding guy, and the two exchanged real names and numbers. She found herself Googling Stuart*, a Brit living in Amsterdam. He worked at a startup; he was visiting New York on business. "I was like, oh, he’s kind of cute…" Neither had plans that night, so they started figuring out where they could meet up for a drink. When Tara suggested a restaurant in midtown Manhattan, Stuart was into it: "Okay cool, my hotel...
  • German Special Forces Raid Mosque, Apartments In Crackdown On Salafists

    07/28/2016 8:00:57 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In a pro- instead of reactive move that many will say was long overdue, if quite ironic considering it was Germany's lax immigration policy for most of 2015 that is the reason for Europe's soaring "radical Islam" crisis, overnight German police and special forces raided a mosque and eight apartments in Hildesheim, said to be a hotbed of a radical Salafist community, the interior minister of the northern state of Lower Saxony said on Thursday. Interior Minister Boris Pistorius said in a statement that up to 400 police - including mobile squads and a special forces police commando - were...
  • Merkel admits EU is being RAVAGED BY TERROR but says Germany should welcome MORE refugees

    07/28/2016 6:19:15 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 39 replies
    The Express (U.K.) ^ | 7/28/2016 | Tom Batchelor
    The German leader, who cut short her summer holiday to speak after a string of Islamist attacks rocked the country, said the entire continent was being “ravaged” by terrorism.She described recent attacks in Ansbach, Wurzburg and Munich as “horrifying and depressing” but insisted Germany would not turn its back on people fleeing the Middle East.In the wake of the killings, Mrs Merkel said Germany now needed a better “early warning system” to spot radicalised Muslims among the newly-arrived migrants.She said the central government would “redouble its efforts” against the threat, increasing staff numbers and resources for security services.She said: "The...
  • When A War Went Worldwide 75 Years Ago

    07/28/2016 5:51:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy-five years ago, the world blew up in just six months. World War II ostensibly started two years earlier, when Germany invaded Poland. In truth, after the rapid German defeat of Poland in September 1939, the conflict was mostly confined to Western Europe for nearly the next two years. By summer of 1940, only Britain had survived Hitler's European victories. The dormant European war only went global on June 22, 1941, when Germany suddenly surprise-attacked the Soviet Union, its former partner. America and Asia were still not directly involved in the 1941 expansion of the war until the Japanese attacked...
  • German FM: Trump victory could affect trans-Atlantic ties

    07/28/2016 5:19:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 3:26 AM EDT
    Germany’s foreign minister says a victory for Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections could affect trans-Atlantic ties. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview published Thursday that if the Republican candidate wins the presidency it would mean “a lot of uncertainty for the trans-Atlantic relationship.” …
  • When It Comes to Islam, Western Leaders Are Liars or Idiots

    07/26/2016 3:14:40 AM PDT · by detective · 48 replies
    Frontpage ^ | July 26, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    When it comes to the connection between Islam and violence against non-Muslims, one fact must be embraced: the majority of those in positions of leadership and authority in the West are either liars or fools, or both. No other alternative exists. The reason for this uncharitable assertion is simple: If Islam was once a faraway, exotic religion, today we hear calls for, and see acts of, violence committed in its name—or the name of its deity “Allahu Akbar!”—practically every day. And many of us still have “ears that hear and eyes that see.” It’s no secret: Muslims from all around...
  • German armed police smash their way into mosque and raid homes of group accused of..

    07/27/2016 3:16:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 27, 2016 | IMOGEN CALDERWOOD
    Armed police officers have launched a raid on a mosque and several homes belonging to a group believed to be radicalising Muslims in Germany. Apartments belonging to eight board members of the radical German-speaking Islamic group DIK were searched by officers in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony. It comes as part of a crackdown on the group, which is thought to have been encouraging people to travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. The group ran sermons, seminars and lectures entitled 'the hatred of infidels', according to German media. The raid on Wednesday night involved up to 400 volunteer staff,...
  • Suitcase explosion in Germany probably caused by aerosol can: police

    07/27/2016 2:02:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 27, 2016 | reuters
    A suitcase exploded near a reception center for migrants in southern Germany, on Wednesday, but the blast may have been caused by an aerosol can inside it, and there was no evidence of explosives being involved, police said.
  • 24 Cases of Migrant Sexual Assault At Music Festival [Bremen Germany]

    07/27/2016 11:31:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Bremen police have admitted that they have at least 24 alleged sexual assault investigations open following a cultural festival where women say they were sexually harassed by young migrant men.
  • Eritrean refugee 'rapes a 79-year-old woman in a CEMETERY in Germany while she was [tr]

    07/27/2016 7:03:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 27, 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A refugee from Eritrea has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 79-year-old woman in a cemetery in Germany. The pensioner was attacked while visiting the grave of her sister in Ibbenbueren, North Rhine-Westphalia, on Sunday. The suspect, 40, who has lived in Germany since 2013, was charged with rape and placed in police custody.
  • Gang of Muslims storm nudist pool in Germany yelling 'Allahu Akbar' and threatening to [tr]

    07/27/2016 7:00:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 27, 2016 | Gareth Davies
    Nudists were told they would be 'exterminated' after a gang of Muslims who stormed into a German swimming pool yelling 'Allahu Akbar'. The six men, described as being in their 20s and with beards, spat at women and children because they were swimming in the nude and called all the females 'sluts'. The revelers were at a pool in the town of Geldern in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, known for its preference for natural form of swimming.
  • Ansbach bombing: MPs call for faster migrant deportations (Germany)

    07/26/2016 6:26:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 26.07.2016 | mm/kl (AFP, dpa)
    MPs say the deportation of failed asylum seekers must be sped up following the Ansbach suicide bombing. The Syrian man who detonated an explosive-packed rucksack had been refused permission to stay in Germany. Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year proudly declared a “welcoming culture” for refugees, Armin Schuster, the Christian Democrats homeland expert in the Bundestag, warned the country needs a “farewell culture” too. Schuster told the Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspapers Tuesday that Germany had failed to enforce the deportation of rejected asylum seekers. More than 200,000 failed claimants were still in the country, he said....
  • Immigration and integration Germany's 'biggest challenge'

    07/26/2016 9:53:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Jul 2016 10:31 GMT+02:00
    Eighty-three percent of Germans see immigration as Germany’s “biggest challenge” — that’s twice as many as a year ago, and more than in any of the other countries surveyed. The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees is the “most pressing challenge” Germany faces, according to a survey by market research company GfK. The “Challenges of Nations” survey covers 24 countries and asks what they felt was the biggest challenge in their country, but no other country’s nationals were so concerned by immigration as those in Germany. In 2015, only 35 percent of Germans saw immigration as the most pressing...
  • THE MUNICH MASSACRE IS A COMPLETE COVERUP, HE IS NOT IRANIAN BUT A SYRIAN ISLAMIST

    07/26/2016 9:25:19 AM PDT · by Weeble · 49 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 07/23/2016 | Walid Shoebat
    They initially introduced his name as a western name “David S”. Then his name changed to Ali David Sonboly (which sounds western) when his real name is Ali Daud Sonboly/Sunbuli which is an Arabic name (better pronounced Sunbuli) and has an exclusively Arabic meaning: ‘from the wheat kernel’. Sonboly is no Iranian. He is Syrian. His Facebook page showed that he is pro Turkey’s Islamists. That, plus he had a record with the Interpol and was being watched. He is also not a teenager as they show us, but an adult as videos showed. What the reader should conclude after...
  • Lessons: As US Debates Refugee Policy, Germany Suffers Three Attacks in Three Days

    07/26/2016 9:11:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Guy Benson
    Some commentators are scratching their heads over how Donald Trump could have earned a polling bump out of Cleveland, in light of its various mishaps and controversies (which the Democrats are working to match and surpass) -- and especially after such a dark and foreboding acceptance speech. The reason we predicted he'd get that bounce is because the public mood is dark. We see that reality reflected in national polling week after week. And we see its roots and causes playing out in headlines across the globe. In Germany over this past weekend alone, there were three terrible attacks -- two of which were...
  • BREAKING: Berlin doctor shot at hospital in fifth German horror in days

    07/26/2016 5:27:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    (UK) Express ^ | July 26, 2016 | Alix Culbertson
    The shooter has allegedly shot themselves after shooting the doctor inside the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (University Hospital Steglitz). Berlin Police said the doctor was critically injured and is now in intensive care. The shooter was a patient of the doctors, police said. Charité is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, based in the centre of the German capital.
  • "Frustrated Asylum Seeker" Turned Out to be ISIS Terrorist

    07/26/2016 3:03:52 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    Frontpage ^ | July 26, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    The rash of Islamic terrorist attacks is forcing the media to scramble to make up new excuses for each attacker. The latest Islamic suicide bomber in Germany was supposed to have been upset over not getting asylum. It was unclear if he even wanted to kill anyone. "We don't know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. Surprisingly, it turns out that he did. The Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people in a Sunday night attack on a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, left behind...
  • Syrian suicide bomber had pledged allegiance to ISIS before blowing himself up, injuring 12

    07/25/2016 8:12:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 4 replies
    thesun.co.uk/ ^ | 7-25-16 | By JACK BACKWELL, NEIL SYSON in Munich, CHLOE KERR and NEAL BAKER
    Asylum-seeker, 27, 'tried to enter a nearby music festival to carry out deadly attack' before heading to packed bar nearby. bomb horror Syrian suicide bomber had recorded video on his phone pledging allegiance to ISIS before blowing himself up, injuring 12 Asylum-seeker, 27, 'tried to enter a nearby music festival to carry out deadly attack' before heading to packed bar nearby A SYRIAN migrant who killed himself and injured 12 others after setting off a bomb in front of a wine bar in Germany recorded a video on his phone pledging allegiance to ISIS.
  • Alarmed Germans wonder about the security risks posed by asylum seekers

    07/25/2016 7:43:03 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 36 replies
    DNC then The Washington Post ^ | July 25,2016 | Vetted first by DNC
    BERLIN — When hundreds of thousands of migrants poured into Europe from the war-torn Middle East and beyond, Germany stepped in with shelter and aid. Yet a new wave of violence is exposing the extent to which Western Europe’s most populous nation has also opened the door to risk. The latest attack: A rejected Syrian asylum seeker who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, and was known by authorities to be suicidal, detonated a backpack bomb rigged with metal projectiles in the Bavarian city of Ansbach late Sunday. After being turned away from a pop music fest for not having...
  • How will Germany change after string of bloody attacks?

    07/25/2016 3:28:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Jul 2016 14:56 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Within seven days Germany has been hit by four bloody attacks on innocent people on its streets and on a train. What does this unprecedented string of murders mean for the country? […] … Public opinion turned strongly against the welcoming culture after sexual assaults in Cologne and Hamburg over New Year, around half of the suspects for which arrived as refugees over the preceding 12 months. The great influx of refugees which took place in the second half of 2015 came to an end months ago, with monthly arrivals now comparable to the numbers that crossed the border in...
  • Ex-Georgia congresswoman: Israel responsible for Nice and Munich terror attacks (Cynthia McKinney)

    07/25/2016 2:39:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | July 25, 2016 8:43am
    A former Georgia congresswoman claimed that Israel was responsible for the recent terror attacks in France and Germany. Cynthia McKinney posted on Twitter Saturday night: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis? …” […] Dancing Israelis refers to a conspiracy theory that five Israeli men were detained by police in New Jersey on 9/11 after being caught celebrating the attack on the World Trade Center. …
  • As attacks rattle Germany, Chancellor Merkel finds herself in the spotlight

    07/25/2016 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies
    dw.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | dw
    The flags fluttering over Germany's parliament buildings on Monday morning were no longer flying at half-mast. But the country was still reeling from several attacks within the space of just a few days, which left several dead and many injured. On Sunday, a man set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding a dozen others. An Islamist motive was "likely," authorities said. This followed a shooting rampage in a shopping center in Munich on Friday, and an axe attack on a train in Würzburg on July 18 by a young man, which...
  • German University's course claims Israel harvests Palestinian organs

    07/25/2016 9:42:32 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/24/16 | Benjamin Weinthal
    BERLIN – An academic seminar at a German university claims Israel’s military harvests organs from Palestinians and the Jewish state is responsible for a genocide. “Our sons were robbed of their organs,” was the title of a part of the seminar’s course material, Rebecca Seidler, an academic who blew the whistle on the anti-Israel material, told the weekly German-Jewish newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine Zeitung in an article published Thursday. The paper reported that the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HAWK) offers a course on “The Social Situation of Youths in Palestine,” which contains the allegedly anti-Semitic material. After reviewing the...
  • Germany has 5.5 million guns belonging to 1.4 million people(T)

    07/25/2016 9:23:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7/23/2016 | Darren Boyle
    Germany has some of the strictest firearms laws in Europe, although there are four illegal guns on the streets for every properly registered weapon. According to data from the German Firearms Register, there are almost 5.5 million guns in private ownership belonging to 1.4 million people. But research by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in January estimated there are up to 20 million illegal firearms in Germany.
  • Syrian Who Blew Himself Up in Germany Had Been Twice Ordered Deported

    07/25/2016 7:45:31 AM PDT · by Lera · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 25, 2016 | MELISSA EDDY
    ANSBACH, Germany — A 27-year-old Syrian refugee who blew himself up Sunday evening at an open-air music festival in southern Germany, injuring 15 people, had been twice ordered deported from the country, officials said on Monday.
  • ‘MERE ISLAM’ AND THE MUNICH MASSACRE

    07/25/2016 7:28:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Raymond Ibrahim | July 25, 2016
    ‘Mere Islam’ and the Munich Massacre Killer wasn’t a refugee, ISIS, or even a Sunni: but he was Muslim… July 25, 2016 Raymond Ibrahim    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. A German-born 18-year-old of Iranian descent named Ali Sonboly went on a shooting spree last Friday.  He reportedly targeted young children; a number of adolescents were among the nine he murdered. This incident is a reminder that the ongoing terrorization of the West is not limited to the Islamic State (“ISIS”), “extreme” Wahhabi or Salafi interpretations of Islam, or terrorists posing as...
  • Germany bomber pledged allegiance to ISIS; had received asylum in Bulgaria

    07/25/2016 7:11:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 22 replies
    NY POST ^ | July 25, 2016
    ANSBACH, Germany — Bavaria’s top security official says a video has been found on the Ansbach bomber‘s phone showing him pledging allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group. Joachim Herrmann says that according to an initial translation of the Arabic-language video the 27-year-old man announced a “revenge” attack against Germany.
  • BBC Still Puzzled By Motive Of Syrian With Suicide Bomb Rucksack At German Festival

    07/25/2016 7:03:27 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jul 2016 | James Delingpole
    A Syrian failed asylum seeker has blown himself up with a rucksack bomb, injuring several bystanders, in the town of Ansbach, Germany, apparently after being thwarted in an attempt to attack an open-air music festival. But you’ll never guess how the BBC chose to report the incident when news first broke. No, actually, you probably will.
  • Insults & Threats at Xanten German Nude Beach

    07/25/2016 5:22:11 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 59 replies
    waz ^ | 23.07.2016 | Mareike Kluck
    Visitors who simply wanted to enjoy the sun at the outdoor pool were insulted by youths. What happened in the nudist area, has made many bathers, including families with their children, afraid. A group of young men insulted guests, viciously berating especially women. "You have insulted us, insulted and even spat upon," says a reader that her name would not name for fear. "We women are all sluts and they would exterminate us all, as was the wording." In between the young men shouted "Allahu akbar". The fear of bathers at the leisure center was so large that nobody intervened...
  • Germany: Twelve wounded in Ansbach bombing

    07/24/2016 10:44:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    aljazeera.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | Reuters
    A 27-year-old Syrian man died when a bomb he was carrying in a rucksack went off outside a music festival in Germany and wounded 12 people, an official said. The man had been denied asylum in Germany a year ago, a top security official in Bavaria, where the incident took place, said early on Monday. Bavaria Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the man had tried to commit suicide twice before. "We don't know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others," Herrmann said.
  • Germany machete attack: Syria migrant kills woman

    07/24/2016 10:40:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    bbc.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | bbc
    A machete attack by a Syrian asylum-seeker has left one woman dead and two other people injured in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. Police said the attack happened after an argument developed between the man and the 45-year-old Polish woman. Police said there was no indication that it was terrorist attack and it was more likely to have been "a crime of passion".
  • Paul Craig Roberts Warns "Armageddon Approaches" After German Leak

    07/24/2016 9:48:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/16 | Tyler Druden
    The Western public doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany. According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN says: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper.   In advance...
  • Explosion At German Restaurant, One Confirmed Death, Ten Injured

    07/24/2016 4:17:31 PM PDT · by PennsylvaniaMom · 72 replies
    Sky News ^ | 7/24/16 | Sky News
    Very sketchy details, but here we go again. A restaurant, outside Nuremburg, bombed. Interior Minister says NOT an accident. Details at link.
  • GERMANY BOMB HORROR: 12 injured as Syrian asylum seeker blows himself up outside hotspot

    07/24/2016 8:52:34 PM PDT · by Enchante · 89 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | July 25, 2016 | Patrick Christys
    AT LEAST one person has been killed and 12 more are injured after a Syrian asylum seeker blew himself outside a wine bar in Germany. The attack took place in Ansbach, near Nuremburg, after the 27-year-old was denied access to the nearby Ansbach Open music festival, according to Germany's interior minister Joachim Herrmann. Hermann said the suspect, who was known to police, had lived in Germany for two years but was denied asylum in the country a year ago. He said it is unclear if the suspect intended to kill others or just himself but said he had “tried to...
  • Ansbach explosion: Syrian asylum seeker killed by own bomb at German bar

    07/24/2016 8:36:26 PM PDT · by pepsi_junkie · 33 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/24/2016 | Chiara Palazzo and Sophie Jamieson
    A suicide bomber who blew himself up after being turned away from a music festival in southern Germany was a Syrian man who had been denied asylum. The 27-year-old killed himself and injured 12 others when he detonated an explosive device after he was denied entry to the event in Ansbach, Bavaria, attended by around 2,500 people, the Bavarian interior minister said. "We don't know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others," Joachim Herrmann said, adding that three of the 12 victims suffered serious injuries.
  • Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

    07/24/2016 8:21:32 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    Yahoo News (Reuters) ^ | 24 July 2016 | Andrea Shalal
    A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany, ...though police said it did not appear linked to terrorism.
  • Bomb Blast Injures 12 in Southern Germany

    07/24/2016 8:07:24 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 24 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 7/25/2016 | PressTV
    A dozen people have been injured as a bomb blast hits a city in southern Germany.
  • Afghan teen arrested in Germany in connection to Munich attack (NOT A "LONE WOLF" ATTACK)

    07/24/2016 6:11:58 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    An Afghan teenager was arrested on Sunday in Germany on suspicion that he was connected to Friday’s mass attack in Munich, police said. The 16-year-old male may have known about the plans of the gunman, who killed nine people, but the teen did not tell authorities, officials said. The teen is also suspected of having played a role in a Facebook post that invited the public to a location near where the deadly shooting later took place, Reuters reported.
  • Police arrest Afghan friend of Munich gunman over possible role in shooting

    07/24/2016 5:09:44 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25 July 2016 | Staff
    The 16-year-old Afghan youth has been arrested for possibly having failed to report the plans of the gunman, according to a police statement issued on Sunday. ...
  • Germany's stringent gun ownership rules

    07/24/2016 4:23:44 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 23, 2016 | Reuters
    BERLIN/FRANKFURT, July 23 (Reuters) - An 18-year-old German-Iranian believed to have acted alone killed nine people in a shooting spree with a pistol at a busy shopping center in Munich on Friday evening. Here are some facts about acquiring and owning a gun in Germany. 1. Germany has some of the "most stringent" rules around gun control in Europe, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. 2. To own a gun in Germany, it is necessary to obtain a weapon license for which applicants must generally be at least 18 years old and show they have they have a reason...
  • Who were the Munich shooting victims? Eight of nine dead under 20 years old

    07/24/2016 2:17:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    MSN Guardian ^ | July 24, 2016
    A Greek teenager killed in the Munich gun rampage threw himself in front of his twin sister to protect her from a hail of bullets, according to reports. Huseyin Dayicik, 19, was shot twice by Ali Sonboly after pushing his sister out of the gunman’s way, according to MailOnline. The siblings had been at the Olympia shopping centre looking for gifts for their family, reports said. The identities of the nine mainly young victims of the shooting spree have emerged amid claims that 18-year-old Sonboly may have targeted people of Turkish and Arab origin, groups he apparently felt had picked...
  • 'It's their own fault' — Trump slams France and Germany (barf alert)

    07/24/2016 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    AFP via The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2016 16:40 GMT+02:00
    Republican White House nominee Donald Trump has said that France, Germany and other nations hit by recent terror attacks had only themselves to blame “because they allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump was asked in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to expand on his proposal to suspend immigration from what he calls countries “compromised by terrorism” until vetting mechanisms are in place. “I’m going to be coming out over the next few weeks with a number of the places,” said Trump according to an excerpt of the interview. “We have problems in Germany, and...
  • Terrorist or Disturbed Loner? Munich Attack Reveals Shifting Labels

    07/24/2016 6:51:56 AM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | July 24, 2016 | MAX FISHER
    Munich’s police chief, Hubertus Andrä, the morning after a gunman killed nine people and then himself, offered two pieces of information that seemed at odds. The massacre, he said, appeared likely to be “a shooting rampage” rather than an act of terrorism. But when asked about Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people exactly five years earlier, Chief Andrä answered that “this connection is obvious.”
  • Germany proposes stricter gun laws in wake of Munich shooting

    07/24/2016 6:33:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/2016 | Rick Moran
    German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain that the country "must continue to do all we can to limit and strictly control access to deadly weapons" while Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper in a separate interview that "we have to evaluate very carefully if and where further legal changes are needed." Ali David Sonboly, 18, the dual German-Iranian national behind Friday's attack outside a shopping mall in which nine people died, obtained his Glock firearm illegally and he did not have a license, investigators said Saturday. But he would have...
  • Berlin mulls how to further strengthen gun laws after Munich attack

    07/24/2016 6:22:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.07.2016 | Elizabeth Schumacher
    Germany’s coalition government has promised to seek whatever legal means necessary to prevent another mass shooting. But if the weapon was acquired illegally, stricter controls on gun purchases may not be the answer. In the wake of the shooting in Munich that left nine people and the gunman dead, German leaders on Sunday were already preparing talks on stricter gun control. Both ruling parties, the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), agreed that more stringent laws were necessary to prevent copycat attacks. […] Police have confirmed that the killer did not have...
  • Munich gunman planned attacks for one year: officials

    07/24/2016 6:15:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jul 2016 14:59 GMT+02:00
    The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday had been planning his attack for a year, according to German authorities. “He had been preparing (the shooting) for a year,” Bavarian police chief Robert Heimberger told a news conference. David Sonboly, 18, who had a Glock pistol and more than 300 bullets, killed himself after the attack. […] Heimberger said the killer had paid a visit last year to the town of Winnenden — the scene of a previous school shooting in 2009 — and taken photographs. …