‘Islamist terrorism has arrived in Germany’: official

Young women mourning outside the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany July 24, 2016. (Reuters)

Islamist terrorism has arrived in Germany and politicians must address the public's concerns about security and immigration, Bavaria state premier Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday.

“Each attack, each act of terrorism, is one too many. Islamist terrorism has arrived in Germany,” Seehofer told a news conference.

A spate of attacks in Germany since July 18 have left 11 people dead and dozens injured, fuelling public unease about Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy. More than a million migrants entered Germany last year, many fleeing conflict in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

This month, four brutal attacks have taken place in the south of the country.

A Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside a music festival and wounded 15 other people in Ansbach on Sunday, six days after four passengers on a train and a passer-by were wounded in an axe attack by an Afghan refugee in Wuerzburg.

ISIS claimed both attacks.

On Friday, nine people were killed in a shopping center shooting spree in Munich by a German-Iranian teenager with a history of psychological problems.

Although authorities initially claimed the 18-year-old gunman had no links to militants, Bavarian officials said on Monday that the 18-year-old gunman had been in touch with the Afghan ax attacker over WhatsApp.

And a Syrian refugee killed a 45-year-old Polish woman with a large kebab knife Sunday at a snack bar in the southwestern city of Reutlingen.

Police concluded that the incident, in which three others were injured, was likely a “crime of passion”.

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