Person killed in stabbing attack in Germany


One person is dead and another injured after a stabbing attack in the German town of Wuppertal-Elberfeld Friday, ABC News reports.

No information has been released on the motive of the attack but police are still searching for the suspect and possible accomplices.

The attack is the second stabbing reported in Europe today, as one person was killed and several were injured in a stabbing spree earlier this morning in Finland.

It comes just a day after an ISIS terrorist attack killed 13 in Barcelona and is just the latest of many that have plagued Germany over the past two years.

“The increase in the threat to Germany is especially stark,” writes the author of a report tracking increased instances of terrorism in Germany. “There were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this increased eightfold. There is a straightforward reason for this: In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in plots involving refugees.”

Simcox notes that ISIS is the main organization providing ideological motivation for such attacks, and their campaign against the perceived western alliance is evident in that 70 percent of all European attacks occurred in France, Germany, or the United Kingdom. In total, the 142 plots claimed more than 300 lives and caused over 1,000 injuries in 15 different European nations.

Simcox emphasized that since 2014, the continent has seen little respite from terrorism, as only five months out of that period saw no attacks. But since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opening of the borders in 2015, the numbers for Germany have steadily climbed. In 2016, the country was forced to deal with 11 plots, whereas in the years of 2014 and 2015, there were only three plots on the entire continent.

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