Report: Germany to present raft of security measures after July attacks

August 10, 2016 12:55

BERLIN - Germany's interior minister will propose a raft of new security measures, including speedier deportations of foreign nationals, following a spate of attacks in July that shook the nation, German media reported on Wednesday.

In five separate attacks from July 18 to July 26, 15 people were killed and dozens wounded. Two of the attacks were claimed by Islamic State and three of the attackers were asylum seekers.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere will announce the new measures on Thursday and plans to have them adopted in the current legislative period, the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper cited coalition sources as saying.

This would mean the proposal becoming law before Germany's next federal election, due in autumn 2017.

The new measures include speeding up deportations of foreign potential attackers and criminals and the introduction of a new reason for deportation: "danger to public safety", the Bild daily reported, citing security sources.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry declined to comment but said de Maiziere would present his plans on Thursday.

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