July 2016: July Sees Spate of Violence in Germany

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of July 2016.

July Sees Spate of Violence in Germany
Image of people mourning for the mall shooting in Munich, Germany
Terror throughout Germany in July 2016.

On July 18, a 17-year-old Afghan boy attacks passengers on a regional train in southern Germany. The teen is armed with an ax and a knife when he attacks and injures 4 passengers. He is fatally shot by police after trying to flee the scene. The teen is a refugee with unconfirmed asylum status and witnesses report him shouting "Allahu Akbar" as he attacked.

On July 22, a gunman at a McDonald's across the street from a shopping mall in Munich fatally shoots nine people and wounds 16 others before killing himself. The shooter is an 18-year-old German-Iranian man who seems to have acted alone, although investigations continue. So far the act has been labeled "suspected terrorism," although no group has come forward to claim responsibility.

A 21-year-old Syrian refugee in Germany attacks and kills a pregnant women using a machete on July 24, 2016. The refugee then turns on other civilians and the police, chasing a police car with the machete as well. In a statement, the German police officers state that there is no indication of terrorism. The attacker is knocked down by a motorist and is arrested.

Also on July 24, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee sets off a bomb in Ansbach, Germany outside a music festival after he is denied entry, injuring 15 and killing himself. The bomber had recently been denied asylum. He also leaves behind a video on his phone stating his allegiance to ISIS and his plot for revenge against Germany. ISIS claims that he is one of their "soldiers."

Photo source: AP Photo/Jens Meyer
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