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Despite relatively few terrorist attacks, Germany is gripped by fear and false alarms

Despite relatively few terrorist attacks, Germany is gripped by fear and false alarms

Heavily armed police stormed the apartment of a German man this week after getting a tip that he might be an Islamic State terrorist putting together a bomb. 

Instantly, the sensational news was flashed across a jittery nation and around the world.

But the 27-year-old man, with a record of drug abuse and petty crime, was quietly released from custody a day later without authorities issuing any charges.

Police in the depressed and off-the-beaten-trail eastern town of Eisenhuettenstadt near the Polish border acknowledged they were unable to find anything of note other than 37 firecrackers, a replica Kalashnikov rifle, a few posters with Islamic...

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