Terrorist released from prison, escapes deportation, stabs police officer in neck

Apr 2011
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An immigrant with a long criminal record yet protected from deportation by feel-good rules went on a rampage this week, stabbing a female police officer in the neck before being shot and killed by police.

This scenario played out this week in Berlin, Germany, and suspect Rafik Mohamad Yousef, a member of a terror group linked to al-Qaeda, might have been deported to his native Baghdad but for human rights rules warning that “he could have faced the electric chair” if returned to Iraq.

The Express (U.K.) reports that Yousef was convicted in a plot to kill Iraq’s prime minister. He was freed on bail and made to wear an electronic tag, which he removed before going on a rampage in the streets, waving a knife and eventually stabbing a responding police officer.

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There’s something strangely familiar about this story.