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Germany: Hand Grenade Thrown At Refugee Shelter in Latest Attack On Asylum Seekers

Police officers of the crime scene investigation unit examine a refugee shelter in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, 29 January 2016. EPA


Asylum seekers were asleep in the building at the time and police said it was just ‘luck’ that the grenade did not detonate
By Lizzie Dearden, The Independent

A hand grenade was thrown into a refugee shelter in Germany overnight as officials said attacks against asylum seekers in the country hit a new level of “hate and violence”.

Police in the southern town of Villingen-Schwenningen said it was “just luck” that the device did not explode when it landed at 1.15am.

Around 20 asylum seekers were sleeping inside the building at the time and were evacuated while a bomb squad destroyed it in a controlled explosion.

Andreas Stenger, of State Office of Criminal Investigation shows a model hand grenade after an attack on a refugee shelter January 29, 2016 in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.

Heiko Maas, the German justice minister, said the attack represented a new level of “hate and violence” that must be addressed by local and federal authorities.

“Grenades are already being thrown at refugee homes – we can’t wait until there is someone dead,” he added.

“We need to do everything we can to ensure xenophobic crimes are more rapidly solved and punished more severely.”

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  • Ilisha

    I say imperial powers because not every single Western country is involved in smashing and destroying countries like Iraq. I think it’s obvious how the US, UK, and France engage in imperialism.

    The Ottoman Empire no longer exists. I think the insertion of history into discussions regarding current events is a misguided attempt to mitigate what the imperial powers are doing right now. Past crimes never justify present crimes, and I, of course, DID NOT SAY there has never been a Muslim imperial power–that’s your straw man.

    I also didn’t say that Muslims don’t have agency. But Palestine didn’t invade itself, steal its own land or occupy it’s own people. Iraq didn’t invade and destory itself either. The Muslims didn’t draw the borders of the nations of the Middle East, nor prop up the Western-backed dictators there, nor did the Muslims make the weapons flowing into the region.

    If you refuse to acknowledge the colossal, ongoing crimes of the Western imperial powers in the region, then I will depart from the discussion and you can take your apologetics somewhere else. People like you are a dime a dozen and I don’t have the time or inclination to educate all (or any) of you–especially since if you really wanted to know, you could drop the hubris and educate yourself.

  • Pragney

    Could you define “imperial powers” and explain how western powers are imperial? Note: I include imperialism in a broader sense to mean religious and cultural with some being superior than others.

    Countries act in their national interest. Whilst not excusing Western imperialism the Muslim world is not free from imperialism See the Ottoman Empire along with religious/cultural imperialism.

    The death and destruction wrought upon many Muslim majority nations are by Muslims they have agency.

  • Just_Stopping_By


    As you become older, you are growing wiser.

    Happy Birthday!

  • The greenmantle

    Its very simple- free trade equals open borders . Anything else is just protectionism by another name

    Sir David

  • Ilisha

    Agree on the buffer zone. We must keep the Western imperial powers on their side of the border so they quit tearing up other people’s countries, creating all this chaos.

  • Pragney

    Is this article supposed to illustrate growing violence and animosity towards asylum seekers or anti-Muslim, economic migrant sentiment in general?

    There doesn’t appear to be a single day when there is not some story where an economic migrant, asylum seeker isn’t doing something violent or socially unacceptable.

    I don’t blame these people, I blame the governments for not deporting the non-Syrians. There needs to be buffer zones and Middle Eastern countries should be encouraged to absorb these people.

  • 1DrM

    It’s all in your head, Nazi.

  • mjm

    So you want open borders, or are you against free trade? Your comment is very strange to me.

  • George Carty

    Of course the various IRAs acted not in the name of the Catholic Church but rather in the name of the Irish nation.

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi


  • AJ

    It wouldn’t be the epitome of ‘selfishness”. However, it does classify them as ‘refugees’ or ‘economic migrants’ by the governments that let them enter their countries.

  • Laurent Weppe

    Because as we all now, fleeing hunger and poverty instead of war, hunger and poverty is the epitome of selfishness.

  • Laurent Weppe

    when someone hits you, you’re going to attack someone else who has the same background?

    Why of course! Taking revenge for a slight by targeting people who can’t fight back is a tradition at least as old as civilization itself! A bully beats you in the schoolyard, you hit your little brother; your boss treats you like shit, you rape your wife at home; your father slaps you for not doing your homework, you kick your dog.

    What about background you say?

    Easy! The bully has a pulse, and so do your little brother, your boss has a pulse despite being a heartless bastard, just like your wife; you father has a pulse, and it turns out that dogs have one too! If That is not similarity of background, then what is? Those Pulsites all had it coming anyway.

  • Laurent Weppe

    Soooo, next time a white catholic dude assault a woman during Oktoberfest, you’ll be coherent with yourself and reflexively approve anyone trying to slaughter ordinary Bavarians chosen at random in their homes during their sleep, right?

  • Laurent Weppe

    And now said rightwingers are freaking out because they just realized that reestablishing (very partial and absolutely useless) border controls within the Schengen space is hurting business.

  • Laurent Weppe

    the Vatican isn’t being asked to condemn it

    Neither are famous people of Irish decent

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    No but that is also a good point. I was more alluding to the fact that there is no 24/7 media coverage of the attack and the Vatican isn’t being asked to condemn it.

  • HSkol

    Might you have been referring to current and unfortunately far too popular sentiments – for instance, that the Continuity IRA are seen as mere criminals, but that overwhelmingly innocent refugees are being viewed as terrorists? (I know I didn’t word this all that well; but, did I get your point?)

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    You didn’t get the underlying message of my comment it seems.

  • HSkol

    Thank you for visiting this Irish-based website.

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    Anybody hear about the Continuity IRA shooting in Dublin last week?

  • The greenmantle

    strange how the rightwing are all in favour for making it easy for money to cross borders but not people 😉

    Sir David

  • cmyfe .

    Note: This is not terrorism.

  • monotea

    First poster here (excuse me for any mistakes!)
    I honestly can’t say I’m surprised by this, considering all the news articles surrounding this refugee crisis in Europe and everybody pointing fingers and labelling these people as savages, as if it’s their fault that their countries are being bombed and torn apart. This is the end result of hatred and animosity, targeted towards a specific group of people.

  • AJ

    Also, are you aware of the situation where the German police when investigating the rape of a Russian woman found out that the woman had invented it? She was resting at home.

    Doesn’t make it equal to all women inventing stories but with the current atmosphere where refugees are made out to be evil people, to limit their movement, it seems plausible that there were people that lied.

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