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Brissago, Switzerland; Knife attacks have surged in Germany

Swiss police shoot dead knife attacker

Swiss police shot and killed an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka near a refugee center in the Swiss canton of Ticino. The man had threatened fellow migrants with two knives.

Published: October 8, 2017, 1:03 pm

    Police was alerted to a fight involving several migrants in the town of Brissago on Saturday afternoon. During their intervention, the officers escorted two migrants into the building where they were rushed at by a 38-year-old man brandishing two knives.

    The police fired at the attacker, fatally injuring him. The assailant died on the scene. The Swiss prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the conduct of the officer responsible for the man’s death.

    The refugee center, situated near a town hall, is said to have been housing dozens of Sri Lankan migrants for several years.

    Last year in August, a 27-year-old man armed with a knife attacked several train passengers, injuring seven, in the Swiss canton of St Gallen.

    The assailant, registered as a resident in Switzerland, poured out a flammable liquid in front of a woman on the train, and it caught fire, the police said.

    The man also stabbed other passengers at random, shortly before the train reached the station Salez, near the border to Lichtenstein.

    There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror, the Swiss police said at the time. But the attack was similar to one carried out July 18 in Germany by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who injured five people on a commuter train in the southern city of Wuerzburg.

    The teenager used a knife and an axe in the attack.

    German police shot the assailant dead shortly after the attack. Authorities later said he had ties to an Islamist terrorist network, suggesting that he had “radicalised himself”.

    There is a growing epidemic of knife violence in Germany. More than 1 600 knife-related crimes were reported in Germany during just the first five months of 2017 — an average of 300 such crimes each month, or ten a day.

    In June, a Syrian migrant was stabbed to death in northern Germany in broad daylight by another Syrian because he was eating ice cream during Ramadan.

    It was another example of Sharia law being enforced on German streets. During the past ten years the number of knife-related crimes in Germany has increased by more than 1 200 percent. Around 4 000 such crimes were reported to police in 2016, up from just 300 in 2007.

    In Berlin, a migrant who stabbed and seriously injured another migrant after he refused to give him alcohol and drugs was released and financially compensated because no witnesses would come forward.

    According to Arnold Plickert, the deputy national chairman of the GdP police union, knife-violence in Germany can be attributed to certain segments of society that live according to their own rules, not those of the German state. In an interview with knife-blog.com, a German forum for knife enthusiasts, he said:

    “We are monitoring a specific target group, which mainly consists of young males who are armed in everyday life and basically are dedicated to armed confrontation. We see this particularly in large Arab families, Lebanese clans, for whom knives are standard gear.”

    Plickert also noted: “From my point of view, I can say that the inhibition threshold to the use of violence has significantly decreased.”

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