A Sad Week For Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany has suffered through a string of violence in the last week, with four attacks of terror in the southern region of the country, and first and foremost we at German Pulse would like to express our deepest sympathy to those who have been affected by the tragic attacks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all of Germany at this time.

Not all of the attacks grabbed major headlines in the U.S., so we are providing a brief breakdown of Germany’s tragic week. We have purposefully left out the names of the attackers.

The first attack took place on July 18 when an Afghan refugee, in his teens, wounded five passengers on a train in Wuerzburg with an axe and knife. Police found and shot him dead.

A few days later, on July 22, a teenage gunman went on a rampage at Munich’s Olympia shopping centre, killing nine, with a further 35 injured. The gunman fled the scene, leading to a citywide shut down, but was later found dead with a self-inflicted wound not far from the crime scene.

Two days later, two Syrian refugee’s in their 20’s carried out separate attacks. Armed with a machete, a woman was killed while five others were wounded. Police arrested the attacker shortly after fleeing the scene.

The second attack on Sunday happened outside of a music festival in Ansbach. Upon being denied entry due to a lack of a ticket, the 27-year-old Syrian carried out a suicide bombing outside a bar. Fifteen people were injured by the explosion, but the only fatality was the bomber.

As the days go on, more details about each attack are uncovered, but there is no dismissing the obvious trend taking place.

We first reported on Germany being an expressed target by Islamic State (IS) in April, and despite being on guard, three of the terror plots that went unnoticed until it was too late have been linked to the terror group.

The Munich shooting that occurred on July 22, was unrelated to Islamic State (IS), and appears to have been inspired by the mass killing on 77 people in Norway in 2011. Friday’s shooting took place on the fifth anniversary of that attack.

No matter the motives, these attacks are heartbreaking, and unfortunately are part of an ongoing trend throughout Europe and the rest of the world. More attempts will undoubtedly be made, be it in Germany, Europe, or elsewhere, and it is a sad reality of the world we live in right now.

We once again send our thoughts and prayers to all of those directly and indirectly affected by these recent attacks, and we ask that you take to this topic with a level of compassion in any comments.

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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