Three years on from the Islamist terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market, counter-terrorism expert Yan St-Pierre assesses what the German authorities have learned and what extremist threats exist in Germany today.
A Berlin court has sentenced an Islamist to more than five years in jail for preparing a dangerous bomb attack. The man is from the same milieu as Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri.
Researchers still know relatively little about far-right lone wolf terrorists. But many, it seems, become radicalized online.
The Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, where an Islamist terrorist carried out a deadly truck attack in 2016, was evacuated over reports of suspicious packages. But police later said nothing of the sort was found.
German police say they are expecting attacks by far-left groups and cannot rule out a violent reaction from the radical Islamist scene. Politicians are also calling for gun ownership rules to be tightened.
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