GERMAN TEEN TERROR SUSPECT – A DERADICALIZATION CADET
Authorities in Germany said, on Thursday 04/28/2016, a teenager who is suspected of bombing a Sikh temple, on 04/16/2016, had been in a violence prevention programme aimed at Islamic extremists. He is one of two 16-year olds from western Germany city of Essen who were arrested after the 16 April attack. Authorities said the teenager suspect previously threatened to break the neck of another student, who was Jewish.
The bomb damaged part of the temple building and blew out some of the windows. It exploded after a wedding party and the people who were injured had been guests. Three people were wounded, one seriously, in the bombing. .
The head of the police in Essen, Frank Richter, called the attack “religiously motivated terror by the Islamist scene” and said both boys had links to Islamist groups in the region.
A North Rhine Westphalia state representative, Gregor Golland, said it was clear that the anti-extremism programme “had not worked”.
He said: “These programmes must be substantially intensified, and we need a register of people of interest who are under 16, which is common in other states.”
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