Merkel dismisses link between Islamic extremism, refugees

2016-08-18 19:22
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP)

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Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed suggestions that the influx of refugees over the past year has brought Islamic extremism to Germany.

German news agency dpa quotes Merkel as saying that "Islamist terrorism by ISIS isn't a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees, it's one that we had before too."

Merkel was speaking late on Wednesday at a political rally in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where her Christian Democrats face strong competition from the nationalist Alternative for Germany party in state elections on September 4.

The country has been shaken by a string of attacks, two of which were the first in Germany claimed by the Islamic State group. In those, only the attackers - both asylum-seekers - were killed. In an unrelated attack, a German teenager killed nine people in Munich.


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