One-in-three chance Germany will be target country in future plots
Nearly 1,000 people were injured or killed in terrorist attacks involving refugees over a four-year span, with Germany facing the highest number of terror plots, according to a new Heritage Foundation report published Monday.
Data collected from the 194 terrorist plots detected across Europe between January 2014 and December 2017 point to a more than one-in-three chance that Germany will be the country targeted in future terror schemes, with civilians being the primary bullseye.
Though only 32, or 16 percent, of those terrorist plots involved refugees or asylum seekers, 41 percent of all plots occurred in Germany. France was the second most targeted country, with Belgium and the United Kingdom trailing closely behind.
The report comes as German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces the threat of her government collapsing over its open-door policy toward migrants, which critics say has left the country more vulnerable to terrorism. Germany is still struggling to absorb the 1.4 million asylum seekers who arrived three years ago primarily from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
“It’s not as if the Islamist terrorism threat appeared with the Germany refugee flow, of course there were plots there in the past, but the scale has transformed entirely since [Merkel’s] decision to open the borders,” said Robin Simcox, a terrorism and national security analyst at the Heritage Foundation who authored the study.
“The amount of…