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Is it safe to travel to Germany now?

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

bavaria bomb dpaYou may wonder if it is safe to travel to Germany following recent deadly attacks in the country. First an axe attack on a train a week ago injured several people then 9 died in Munich on Friday, 1 died in Reutlingen near Stuttgart, and on Sunday a suicide bomber attacks bar in Bavaria that killed himself and wounded a dozen others. The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Britons visiting Germany in the wake of the recent attacks.

On Friday, Ali David Sonboly, an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent killed nine people and wounded 35 more at the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre. According to the police, gunman had been planning the attack for a year.

A Syrian refugee, aged 21, wielding a machete has killed a pregnant woman and injured a man and another woman in the city Reutlingen near Stuttgart. Police said there was no indication that it was terrorist attack and it was more likely to have been "a crime of passion". The victim and her attacker both worked at the same Turkish fast-food restaurant close to where the argument took place, German media reported.

And on late Sunday (yesterday), a failed Syrian asylum seeker has blown himself up and injured 12 other people with a backpack bomb nearby open music festival in the south German town of Ansbach. A spokesman for the Ansbach prosecutor’s office said: “If there is an Islamist link or not is purely speculation at this point.” The music festival was cancelled as a result of the blast, with around 2,500 people rushed to safety while unconfirmed reports state that nearby houses have been evacuated.

There is a high threat from terrorism. The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.

Around 2,000,000 British nationals visit Germany every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

British government said that there is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

Source: Agencies
Photo credit: DPA

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