Germany under attack by lone-wolf terrorists
In recent weeks Germany has been under series of attacks carried out by lone-wolf. Yesterday evening, there was a powerful explosion at a bar in the city of Ansbach which killed one person - the terrorist himself, injuring 12 clients.
The attack was carried out at about 10 pm on Sunday (23.00 MSK). Some local media initially reported the explosion was caused by a gas leak, but the police reported that the incident was a terrorist attack.
All the injured were hospitalized. Doctors assess the condition of three people as serious.
The attack was carried out by a 27-year-old Syrian refugee. "He had been denied asylum a year ago," RIA Novosti cites the Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Herrmann.
The minister said that the terrorist previously twice tried to take his own life.
The law enforcement officers do not rule out that a terrorist might have links to extremist groups, but there is no official confirmation of this information yet.
"We found his cell phone and it is now being examined by specialists," the deputy police chief in Nuremberg Roman Fertinger said.
The attacker's backpack was filled with sharp metal objects, which were found at the site of the explosion.
Another Syrian refugee attacked residents of the German town of Reutlingen with a machete few days ago, killing a pregnant woman and injuring five more people. Last Friday, an 18-year-old German-Iranian dual national David Ali Sonboly, killed nine people in a shopping center in Munich, then shot himself. July 18, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee attacked with an axe passengers on a train in Bavaria, injuring more than 15 people.
A military observer of the TASS news agency, retired Colonel Viktor Litovkin, speaking with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, warned that a wave of such attacks will continue. "We should expect it not only in Germany and France, but also in other European countries. We should understand that the flow of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East have brought not very quiet and not very self-confident people. And there are still enough people who are prone to such actions among those whose families have been living in Europe for two-three generations," he said.
According to the expert, in order to make oneself secure against such terrorist attacks, first of all, it is necessary to stop giving publicity to the crimes which have been committed. "Many of these lone-wolf terrorists are [mentally] unstable. When they hear that someone shot or blown up somewhere, they aim to end their lives in the same way," Victor Litovkin explained.
"Next, we need to know what is happening in the society, in every house, block, family. This is a task for civil society organizations, house committees and special services. Even then, there is no absolute guarantee that such things will not happen again," the military observer concluded with regret.
The president of the International Association of Veterans of the Alpha Anti-Terrorism Unit, Sergey Goncharov, in turn, noted that it is very difficult for special services of any country to fight against similar targeted attacks. "It is useless to accuse German special services, there was nothing they could do. There is a large-scale propaganda campaign of the Daesh terrorist organization banned in Russia, 'lone wolves' carry out attacks in Europe. "They are people who are subject to Daesh propaganda and solve their social, political, ideological and religious issues in this way," he said.
"Of course there are the police, security services, troops and the National Guard. The question is whether they can be detected. It is possible, but it requires painstaking work and a long time," the president of the International Association of Veterans of the Alpha Anti-Terrorism Unit warned.
"This will continue, there are 1.2 million refugees in Germany. But there is another problem: people who were born in Germany, being its citizens, are still not able to accept its laws and join the way of its life. We should wait for a negative reaction on the part of the indigenous population - it is already beginning to protest against what is going on," the expert concluded.