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German teen Maria Ladenburger was raped and then drowned in October. An Afghan refugee has been arrested - photo FACEBOOK
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The body of 19-year old German teen Maria Ladenburger was found in the River Dreisam in October. On Friday, an Afghani refugee was arrested for her rape and murder by drowning.

Ladenburger was a medical student who had volunteered at a shelter for refugees and her father, Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, is a lawyer working for the European Commission.

A strand of dark hair that was dyed blonde was found at the crime scene and led police to a 17-year-old Afghani, only known as Hussein K, who arrived in Germany as an unaccompanied minor in 2015. 

David Müller, head of the police’s Special Commission said that, "The 19-year-old student had been at a party. By 2.37am, she left the party. Maria L. then cycled home, as usual."

The alleged rapist and killer is believed to have arrived in Germany in 2015 along with one million other asylum seekers. Police are still investigating whether the attack was planned, and if the suspect knew Ladenburger. 

A spokesperson for Alternative for Germany, a political party, has said that this tragedy exemplifies the 'dangers' of unregulated immigration, and that Ladenburger was a victim of Chancellor Angela Merkel's 'welcome culture'.


Vocabulary
dyed - artificially colored
unaccompanied - with no one else; being alone

minor - under 18 years of age
alleged - believed to have done something (but not yet proven)

refugee - a person entering a safe country after escaping a dangerous place (country)
asylum seeker - refugee
spokesperson - a person who speaks for a group
exemplifies - is an example of _
'welcome culture' - the act of easily inviting strangers into your country


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German police arrest five IS suspects (left) - photo GETTY IMAGES. One of those arrested was Abu Walaa (right), "the preacher without a face" - photo from Youtube.
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Five people suspected of being connected to Islamic State (IS) have been arrested in Germany, one of whom is believed to be a jihadist leader. 

Raids were conducted on apartments in northern and western Germany and on a mosque in Hildesheim near Hanover. 

Among those arrested was a 32-year old Iraqi man, identified by Germany's NDR TV as Ahmad Abdelazziz. Abdelazziz goes by the alias, Abu Walaa, or "the preacher without a face", because of his internet videos showing him wearing black and preaching with his back to the camera. Officials say Walaa was in charge of calling for and organizing jihad in Germany. 

The information which led to the raids was given to German police by a 22-year old jihadist who fought with IS for several months in Syria, but then escaped to Turkey. In an interview with police, this man, named Anil O, referred to Walaa as "IS's number one in Germany". 


All those arrested are suspected of recruiting people for IS and aiding terrorism.



Vocabulary
jihad - a religious war
raid - the act of going to a place and suddenly confronting someone to arrest them or take something from them

alias - an alternate name / identity
in charge of - the boss of something
to recruit - to try to get someone to work (fight) for / with you


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Residents and asylum seekers at Bautzen's central square - photo AP
Approximately 80 residents of the eastern German town of Bautzen have brawled with 20 asylum seekers at the town's central square. The residents chased the asylum seekers who ran to their hotel and were put under police guard. 

Police have described the brawling residents as "far-right" and said they claimed that the asylum seekers were taking over the town's central square. 

Over the past year, Bautzen has become a hotbed of anti-asylum seeker sentiment, as Germany has so far accepted 1.1 million refugees. 


Vocabulary
locals - people who live at a place
residents - people who live at a place
approximately - not exactly but close
to brawl - to fight as a group (with another group)
asylum seeker- a person looking for safety in another country

to take over - to control
refugees - asylum seekers

hotbed - a place where something (negative) quickly grows 
anti- - against
sentiment - feelings


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The gunmen who went on a rampage and killed 9 people and wounded 21 in Munich, Germany today has committed suicide police say. 

During their search for the attacker, police found a man on a side road of 
Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall who had shot himself. 

By viewing surveillance video, police concluded that this man was the sole gunmen. 

While police have not yet confirmed the motive of the shooter, a Muslim woman who witnessed the attacker shooting children said she heard the gunmen yelling, "Allahu Akbar!"



Vocabulary
wounded - injured with blood spilled
rampage - a period of uncontrollable violent behaviour
to confirm - to prove what some people already think is true
motive - the reason for doing something
to witness - to see what happened
surveillance video - cameras that watch and record people (usually in a public place)

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The lone gunmen in the Munich, shooting rampage opened fired outside of a McDonald's near Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall - photo by Fox News video
 
 
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Special police secure the streets of Munich, Germany where gunmen have shot and killed multiple people - photo by Felix Hoerhager / EPA
Special police forces in Germany have entered the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany to search for a shooter and/or shooters who have shot and killed multiple people.

Some witnesses said they saw three attackers with long guns. 

Other reports say that there has also been a shooting at a train station nearby the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall.


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multiple - more than one or two
 
 
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An attacker with an axe terrorizes train passengers in Wurzberg, Germany - photo by EPA
A teenage attacker brandishing an axe and a knife injured four people on a train that was running between Treuchlingen and Wurzburg in Germany at 21:15 before being shot dead by police, reports say.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the attacker was a 17-year old Afghan refugee who came to Germany as an unaccompanied minor and had been living in Ochsenfurt, a town nearby.

There are reports that the attacker shouted, "Allahu Akbar!" beforehand, but officials have not yet disclosed a motive for the attack.


Vocabulary
to brandish (verb) - to swing around in an excited and threatening manner
to run - to go on a schedule (as in a public vehicle)
an unaccompanied minor - a young person travelling without parents or a guardian

motive (noun) - reason for doing something
disclosed - told to people; revealed
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Blood stains on a train in Wurzberg, Germany after an axe attacker injured four people - photo by EPA