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Car rams gates of Angela Merkel office – terrifying graffiti scrawled across door

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Dozens of police, a sniffer dog and a fire engine are on the scene in the Germany city. Pictures from the scene show police inspecting a dark green estate car at the gate with the words “Stop Globalisation Politics” scrawled in white on its right side. While, the other side of the car is emblazoned with the words “You damn killers of children and old people”. 

Mrs Merkel was scheduled to be hosting a video conference of German state premiers on Wednesday morning, at which an extension to the lockdown and further steps to combat the coronavirus pandemic was due to be discussed. There were no immediate reports of casualties. 

The chancellery office, a white post-modernist structure set across a square from the Reichstag building that houses Germany’s parliament, is well set back from any main roads.

Europe is on high alert after suspected Islamist militants killed eight people in Paris, Nice and Vienna in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, Swiss police have identified a Swiss woman who knifed a victim in the neck and grabbed another by the throat in a Lugano department store as a known jihadist.

Four years ago, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker with Islamist links, hijacked a truck then plowed it into a crowded Berlin Christmas market, killing 11 more people and injuring dozens of others.

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