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Reports say 19 were hospitalized.-
Father Samir: the young Afghan attacker in the
Würzburg train might have been indoctrinated via the Internet
The 17-year-old refugee had been placed with a German family. During his attack, he seriously wounded four people. Jihadi preachers use social media more than direct contacts. The possibility that terrorists might hide among refugees is "almost zero".
Munich (AsiaNews) – The Afghan teenager who carried out an ax attack in Germany arrived in the country as a refugee. Placed with a German family, "he had not given any sign of radicalism".
In all likelihood his drift towards radical Islam "is due to Jihadi teachings and preachers on the Internet,” said Fr Samir Khalil Samir, a Jesuit scholar of Islam.
The clergyman is one of the foremost Christian experts of the Muslim world. Currently in Germany for work, he spoke toAsiaNews about the incident.
In his view, fear of Islamic terrorism should not be linked to refugees, but despair can overwhelm some who see no future for themselves.
Yesterday, around 9 pm (local time), a 17-year-old Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife attacked people on a train near the town of Wurzburg (Bavaria), seriously wounding four people. Other people suffered minor injuries.
The attacker was killed as he tried to flee the scene. He had arrived in Germany about a year ago as an unaccompanied minor, and had lived at first in a refugee camp and then placed with a German couple.
“It is quite probable that this was an Islamist attack," said a spokesman for the Bavarian Interior Ministry.
Witnesses quoted by German media said they heard him shout "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") during the attack.
Last year, Germany opened its door to 1.1 million refugees, mostly Afghans and Syrians fleeing the war in their respective countries.
Unlike France, Belgium, and Great Britain, Germany has not had any major terrorist attacks, apart from one last May on a southern train where a 27-year-old man, armed with a knife, killed one person and injured three others.
In this case, the doctors said that the attacker was "unstable", although he too had shouted "Allah akbar" at the time of the attack.
Since she opened Germany’s borders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come in for blistering criticisms for her policy of openness to refugees.
Incidents like last night’s is sowing fear in the population about Islamic terrorists among the refugees. However, for Fr Samir, “the possibility of having terrorists among the refugees is minimal.”
“There is a refugee camp close to where I work,” he explained. “They are well accepted and are happy for the aid they receive from the state. Integration is also very good, especially through refugee children who go to school. Adults also get German lessons and civic education.”
“I believe that for this young man indoctrination came from the Internet. In Europe Jihadi preachers are more effective through social media than through direct relationship."
Still, "These incidents or attacks should not undermine our open door policy. The possibility that some terrorists may be among the refugees is minimal, almost zero. But some refugees, perhaps driven by despair at the lack of a future, might be captured by Islamic radicalisation." Shared from AsiaNewsIT
Anchorite; born 354, at Rome; died 450, at Troe, in Egypt. Theodosius the Great having requested the Emperor Gratian and Pope Damasus to find him in the West a tutor for his son Arcadius, they made choice of Arsenius, a man well read in Greek literature, member of a noble Roman family, and said to have been a deacon of the Roman Church. He reached Constantinople in 383, and continued as tutor in the imperial family for eleven years, during the last three of which he also had charge of his pupil's brother Honorius. Coming one day to see his children at their studies, Theodosius found them sitting while Arsenius talked to them standing. This he would not tolerate, and caused the teacher to sit and the pupils to stand. On his arrival at court Arsenius had been given a splendid establishment, and probably because the Emperor so desired, he lived in great pomp, but all the time felt a growing inclination to renounce the world. After praying long to be enlightened as to what he should do, he heard a voice saying "Arsenius, flee the company of men, and thou shalt be saved." Thereupon he embarked secretly for Alexandria, and hastening to the desert of Scetis, asked to be admitted among the solitaries who dwelt there. St. John the Dwarf, to whose cell he was conducted, though previously warned of the quality of his visitor, took no notice of him and left him standing by himself while he invited the rest to sit down at table. When the repast was half finished he threw down some bread before him, bidding him with an air of indifference eat if he would. Arsenius meekly picked up the bread and ate, sitting on the ground. Satisfied with this proof of humility, St. John kept him under his direction. The new solitary was from the first most exemplary yet unwittingly retained certain of his old habits, such as sitting cross-legged or laying one foot over the other. Noticing this, the abbot requested some one to imitate Arsenius's posture at the next gathering of the brethren, and upon his doing so, forthwith rebuked him publicly. Arsenius took the hint and corrected himself. During the fifty-five years of his solitary life he was always the most meanly clad of all, thus punishing himself for his former seeming vanity in the world. In like manner, to atone for having used perfumes at court, he never changed the water in which he moistened the palm leaves of which he made mats, but only poured in fresh water upon it as it wasted, thus letting it become stenchy in the extreme. Even while engaged in manual labour he never relaxed in his application to prayer. At all times copious tears of devotion fell from his eyes. But what distinguished him most was his disinclination to all that might interrupt his union with God. When, after long search, his place of retreat was discovered, he not only refused to return to court and act as adviser to his former pupil the Emperor Arcadius, but he would not even be his almoner to the poor and the monasteries of the neighbourhood. He invariably denied himself to visitors, no matter what their rank and condition and left to his disciples the care of entertaining them. His contemporaries so admired him as to surname him "the Great". Shared from The Catholic Encyclopedia
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