German train attack puts plight of young migrants in spotlight

Introduction — July 19, 2016

Police and ambulance on the scene of the Wurzburg train attack. Click to enlarge

Police and ambulance on the scene of the Wurzburg train attack. Click to enlarge

What follows is the sort double-talk that masquerades as journalism nowadays.
It is, in effect, an attempt to play down the negative impact mass migration is having in Germany. It does this by redirecting readers’ away from the victims of a knife attack on a train in Bavaria.
Shot dead by police after rampaging through a train carriage, the attacker was a 17-year-old Afghan migrant and the Financial Times focuses attention instead on the plight, if one can call it that, of recently arrived unaccompanied young migrants in Germany.
So that it subtly shifts the reader’s sympathy away from the victims of the knife attack and redirects it to the problems faced by the attacker.
The uncontrolled flood of immigrants into Europe has brought mass sexual assaults, a rising number of rapes and now random knife attacks, supposedly in the name of ISIS. The authorities can’t brush all these incidents under the carpet and the media can’t entirely ignore them, if only because there are so many.
Native Europeans are understandably concerned. They’re seeing recently arrived outsiders, who they are supporting with their taxes, getting away with crimes and being given preferential treatment by the authorities.
Is it any wonder they are growing concerned and angry?
So this is the Financial Times’ attempt to calm those concerns and reassure readers that the attack was really just an isolated incident.
To quote an Associated Press article on the attack:
As the flow of migrants has slowed this year, the anti-immigrant protests have faded, but the train attack seemed likely to raise concerns again.
The media is very much a tool of the powers that be. It is used to direct public perception and what follows is an example of the Financial Times working to placate those concerns.
However, the Financial Times is also a reflection of how contemptuously the powers that be regard ordinary folk. For it not only insults readers intelligence, it expects readers to pay to read the article in full. Ed.

German train attack puts plight of young migrants in spotlight

Guy Chazan, Stefan Wagstyl and James Shotter — Financial Times July 19, 2026

The case of the 17-year-old Afghan refugee who attacked passengers on a Bavarian train has focused attention on the tens of thousands of underage migrants who have arrived in Germany in recent years, many of them isolated, traumatised and easy prey for radical Islamist rhetoric.

The attacker was one of around 68,000 so-called “unaccompanied minors” — young refugees from war and poverty in places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — who are living in Germany.

“This is a vulnerable group in every respect,” said Johanna Karpenstein of the German Association of Unaccompanied Underage Refugees. “They are prone to all kinds of dangers, including radicalisation.”

Four people were injured when the unnamed teenage attacker rampaged through a train carriage near the Bavarian town of Würzburg on Monday evening. After fleeing the train he wounded a local woman, before being shot dead by police.

Isis, the terrorist group, posted a video purporting to show the attacker. Speaking in Pashto and brandishing a knife, he is heard describing himself as an “IS soldier” preparing for a suicide mission. Witnesses said he shouted “Allahu akbar [God is great]” as he launched his attack.

Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s interior minister, said investigators searching the foster home where the teenager lived discovered a hand-painted IS flag and a text written in Pashto and Arabic that indicated he had “self-radicalised”. Yet he said there was so far no evidence to suggest the young attacker was part of an Islamist network.

Nevertheless, Bavarian regional prosecutor Erik Ohlenschlager said the teenager had recently learnt that a friend had been killed in Afghanistan and wanted to get revenge on “infidels”. He accepted that he might himself die in the process. Mr Ohlenschlager said the attack was “definitely politically motivated”.

Officials said the youth had applied for asylum in Würzburg in March 2015 and lived in a refugee hostel for minors in the small town of Ochsenfurt for several months before moving into a foster home two weeks ago.

Peter Juks, mayor of Ochsenfurt, said there had been no previous problems with the 200 or so refugees who were housed in the small town of 11,000. “That is the shocking thing — in two years there hasn’t even been the remotest indication of trouble,” he said.

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