Exclusive Exclusive: Mass Migration of Refugees Poses Security Risk, Bavaria Interior Minister Says

Germany faces a heightened security risk from Islamist extremist as a consequence of the mass migration of refugees, the interior minister of Bavaria told Handelsblatt in an exclusive interview. “We have a considerably heightened risk in connection with Islamist extremism,” Joachim Herrmann told Handelsblatt. “Whether the migration of refugees is being intentionally misused or people radicalize after they arrive here.” Germany should continue to offer support and solidarity for people who have fled war and oppression, Mr. Herrmann said, but there are migrants who posed as refugees only to gain entry to Germany. “It can’t be the case that we don’t know who is staying in our country,” Mr Herrmann said. The interior minister warned against casting a general suspicion on all refugees, but also said failing to take appropriate security precautions will only feed into the rhetoric of right-wing extremists groups. “Right-wing extremist circles are using the fear of citizens for their hateful propaganda purposes,” Mr. Hermann said. Only a strong state can prevent such radicalization, he added. Bavaria has been hit by a number of violent incidents in recent days. On Wednesday, a suitcase filled with spray cans was found burning 150 meters away from a refugee center in Zirndorf. Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing three men run from the scene. Police dismissed initial reports of an explosion. Last week, a 17-year-old who was registered in Germany as an Afghan refugee attacked a family with an ax on a regional train near Würzburg, seriously injuring four people. Police shot and killed the teenage attacker. Days later, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee detonated an explosive device outside of an open-air music festival in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 15 people. The media agency Amaq, which is closely associated with Islamic State, said the terrorist group claimed responsibility for both attacks. Read the full story in Handelsblatt Global Edition on Thursday Picture: Joachim Herrmann, Source: DPA