In 2022, there was an almost 100% increase in knife attacks on trains and train stations in Germany compared to the year before, according to the German police report.
The report is published against the backdrop of the knife attack last week on a train in northern Germany. During the attack, a young man from the Gaza Strip stabbed to death two young Germans on the train that was on its way from Kiel to Hamburg.
According to the German police, in 2021 there were 44 knife attacks on trains and train stations throughout the country.
In 2022, the number of attacks was 82.
In addition, last year there were 97 attacks with other dangerous tools on the train system in Germany, as well as five attacks with firearms.
71 of all knife attackers last year were arrested and brought in for questioning.
36 of them were non-German.
According to the German police, 55.5% of all the perpetrators of murders, serious physical assaults and robberies in Germany last year were non-Germans.
The latest danger is a 33-year-old Palestinian, who arrived in Germany in 2014 as an asylum seeker from Hamas.
He has since amassed a rich criminal record in Germany and was released from prison for a knife attack just six days before he carried out the deadly attack last week.
His criminal past is causing a stormy public debate in Germany about speeding up the deportation of asylum seekers who commit criminal offenses during their stay in Germany.
The authorities in Germany claim that the Palestinian youth, due to his lack of citizenship, cannot be deported from Germany.
However, German politicians emphasize that in view of the large financial aid that Germany provides to the Gaza Strip, there should be no obstacle to deporting criminal asylum seekers there.
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