Angela Merkel says refugees who carry out attacks 'mock' Germany

Chancellor defends German immigration policy in wake of terror attacks

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Angela Merkel arrives for a joint news conference in Berlin | Photo: PA Images

Chancellor Angel Merkel has said refugees who carry out attacks in Germany mocked the country that took them in.

But she said there would be no reversal in the policy of taking in migrants.

Mrs Merkel pledged at a news conference that she would do everything to clear up the "barbaric acts", find out who was behind them and bring them to justice.

She said that Germany owed that not just to victims, relatives and other Germans, but also to other refugees.

Germany will do "everything humanly possible" to ensure security, she said, though there will have to be a "thorough analysis" before specific new measures are drawn up.

But she added that Germany will "stick to our principles" and give shelter to those who deserve it.

'Break down our cohesion'

Mrs Merkel said terrorists wanted to reduce Germany's readiness to take in refugees.

"The terrorists want to make us lose sight of what is important to us, break down our cohesion and sense of community as well as inhibiting our way of life, our openness and our willingness to take in people who are in need," she said.

"They see hatred and fear between cultures and they see hatred and fear between religions. We stand decisively against that."

Asylum seekers have carried out two recent attacks in Bavaria.

On Sunday, a suicide bomb attack which injured 15 people was carried out by a Syrian given temporary leave to stay but denied asylum.

And on July 18th, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers on a train in Wuerzburg.

Both of the men claimed allegiance to so-called Islamic State.

The worst recent attack was in Munich on 22 July when nine people were killed by a German teenager of Iranian extraction.

That attack was not jihadist-related.