October 17, 2018
The police are “not ruling out terrorism.”
I guess we just need to give them a few more days to reach a definitive conclusion.
A Syrian asylum seeker who ranted about the Islamic State during an apparent attack at one of Germany’s busiest railway stations remains in intensive care after being shot during a police operation to free a hostage he was holding.
The unnamed 55-year-old Syrian male, who has been identified by police with “high probability” as having been granted temporary permission to remain in the country until 2021, had started his attack Monday afternoon by throwing a ‘Molotov Cocktail’.
The weapon, commonly understood to be a glass bottle filled with petrol to be lit alight and smashed against a target, was thrown against a schoolgirl in a railway station McDonald’s restaurant.
The flames from the device, which caused the 14-year-old victim severe burns and reached from her foot up her leg, did not prevent the child from fleeing the Syrian and seeking medical attention. Passers-by helped the girl take her burning shoe off. The initial attack triggered a fire alert which saw Cologne city fire engines deployed to the station.
Police launched anti-terror raids in Cologne in the early hours of Tuesday morning in response to the apparent attack, as they sought to gather evidence and clues about the attacker and his motives. A police spokesman said: “The investigation is considering all possibilities and we are not ruling out terrorism.”