German police detain Syrian suspected of killing tourist

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2020

German police have arrested a 20-year-old Syrian suspected of attacking two tourists in the eastern city of Dresden at the start of October, killing one of them, police said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The Dresden stabbing "draws attention, once again, to the dangers of Islamist violence" said Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

"Islamist terror is an ongoing major threat to our society, which we must fight against with all our might", Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said.

A knife that investigators believe is linked to the attack was found at the scene with traces of DNA on it.

"Utmost vigilance is necessary, whatever the form of extremism and terrorism". Even though his application was rejected, he has managed to stay in Germany under the so-called "tolerated" status which German authorities give to rejected asylum seekers who can not be deported. They were severely injured in the attack, and the older of the pair later died.

Voices in Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party reopened the fraught question of expelling criminals to still war-torn Syria.

Police and the public prosecutor's office in Dresden reported that the examination of evidence had led to the Syrian man.

The arrest follows the beheading last week of a French teacher in a Paris suburb by a Chechen teenager for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in class.

In 2018, an Islamist and his wife were convicted of planning a biological bomb attack in Germany with the deadly poison ricin.

AHH was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment under juvenile criminal law at the Regis-Breitingen juvenile prison but was released on September 29 this year.

AHH also searched the Internet for instructions on how to build an explosives belt, the court heard at the time.

Since 2013, the number of Islamists considered risky in Germany has increased fivefold to 680, according to security services.

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