Special police forces block the street near a refugee shelter where a 27-year-old Syrian migrant who set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival have stayed, on July 25, 2016 in Ansbach.
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Four attacks in a week – three of them carried out by asylum-seekers – have left Germany on edge and Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism.The deadliest attack came Friday night in Munich. The German-born, 18-year-old son of Iranian asylum-seekers went on a shooting spree and killed nine people. The violence followed an attack in the French Riviera by a Tunisian truck driver who plowed his vehicle into a Bastille Day crowd, killing 84 people in Nice.Experts say the attacks are likely to inflame anti-foreigner sentiment in Germany, creating a challenge for Merkel's government.Anxiety over Germany's ability to cope with last year's flood of more than 1 million registered asylum-seekers first surged following a series of sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne during the New Year Eve celebrations.Social media criticism of Merkel was especially harsh, with some people condemning her for accepting hundreds of thousands of migrants last year.Asked how similar attacks could best be prevented, de Maiziere said it was important to ensure that new arrivals be well-integrated quickly into German society.
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