German state hit by attacks presents anti-terror concept

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said his state would hire some 2,000 additional police officers by 2020.

Published: 28th July 2016 03:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2016 03:45 PM   |  A+A-

Horst Seehofer_Joachim Herrmann_AP

Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer,right, and Bavaria's Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann attend a meeting of the Bavarian cabinet ,in Gmund, Germany. (AP)

By AP

BERLIN: Bavarian officials on Thursday pledged to hire hundreds of extra police officers and urged tougher background checks on asylum-seekers as they presented an anti-terror plan following four deadly attacks in the country in a week.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said his state — where three of the four attacks took place — would hire some 2,000 additional police officers by 2020, improve police officers' equipment and create new offices to fight Muslim extremism and cybercrime.

He also called for tougher background checks on asylum-seekers and new strategies to deport criminal asylum-seekers more easily. Three of the four attacks were committed by asylum-seekers.

"The threat of Salafist terrorism has arrived in Europe, in Germany, but also in Bavaria," Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback said at a news conference with Herrmann.

Two of the attacks — an ax attack near Wuerzburg that wounded five and a suicide bombing that injured 15 outside a bar in Ansbach — were the first in Germany to be claimed by the Islamic State group. Both of the attackers were killed.

In two other attacks — a mass shooting in Munich that claimed 10 lives, including the attacker's, and the stabbing of a woman at a restaurant in Reutlingen — the motive is still unclear but Islamic extremism is not suspected.

The attacks have brought Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism. More than 1 million came to Germany last year, though the influx has since slowed dramatically.

Also Thursday, Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration called on mosques across the country to be more pro-active when it comes to preventing extremism among Muslim youths.

"We need to hold mosques more responsible when it comes to prevention among teenagers," Aydan Ozoguz told the daily Heilbronner Stimme.

On Wednesday night, police raided a mosque believed to be a "hot spot" for Islamic extremists in the northern German city of Hildesheim. The raid didn't appear to be connected to the recent attacks.

Germany has been on the edge since the recent string of attacks and since recent deadly attacks in neighboring France.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp