Monday 18 December 2017

Germany is fertile ground for violent extremists

Police officers keep guard as shoppers are escorted from inside a Munich shopping centre. Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP
Police officers keep guard as shoppers are escorted from inside a Munich shopping centre. Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP

Ben Farmer

Just hours before the shooting rampage in Munich that killed at least eight people, an opinion poll had revealed the depth of public fear in Germany that the country would be next to endure a terror attack.

More than three-quarters of Germans said they expected a terrorist atrocity soon, significantly more than just a fortnight ago.

The horror of the Nice lorry attack in neighbouring France, coupled with the train attack earlier in the week by an axe-wielding asylum seeker, had led to growing foreboding.

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