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    Deadly Truck Attack in Berlin (93)

    Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and member of the European Parliament, Nigel Farage, has spoken out online and in person about the recent terrorist attack in Berlin, blaming German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her refugee "open door policy."

    Speaking on UK radio station LBC, Nigel Farage said, "Mrs. Merkel has directly caused a whole number of social terror problems in Germany" and she should "take responsibility" for the attack which killed 12 people when a truck careered into a Christmas market stall.

    "We have to vet our refugees," Mr. Farage said, accusing the German Chancellor of allowing too many people into the country without proper checks in place.

    Earlier, Mr. Farage turned to Twitter to square the blame with Angela Merkel:

    ​But then Mr. Farage faced criticism from Brendan Cox, whose wife MP Jo Cox was murdered in June 2016.

    Mr. Cox tweeted: "@Nigel_Farage blaming politicians for the actions of extremists? That's a slippery slope Nigel."

    ​Responding to the tweets from Mr. Cox on live radio, Nigel Farage said: "I'm sorry Mr. Cox but it is about time people started to take responsibility for what has happened.

    "Mrs. Merkel has directly caused a whole number of social and terror problems in Germany. It's time we confronted that truth."

    Mr. Farage also criticized Brendan Cox for supporting counterextremism group, Hope Not Hate.

    ​We now live in a world where Nigel Farage mocks Brendan Cox in his grief, and none of Farage's supporters will think this is wrong.

    ​Angela Merkel is facing an election in 2017 amid criticisms over her policy to open Germany's doors to half a million Syrian refugees, as well as subsequent gains by far-right populist parties in many parts of the country.

    Commenting on the Berlin attack, Chancellor Merkel said the country is "united in sorrow" and the perpetrator "will be punished as harshly as the law allows."

    Deadly Truck Attack in Berlin (93)


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