Ansbach Attacker 'Had Islamist Videos, Addressed IS'

EU | July 25, 2016, Monday // 17:03|  views


Police found Islamist videos on the mobile devices and a laptop used by 27-year-old Syrian who blew himself up in Ansbach, Bavaria, officials say.

"Salafist" content was discovered on the devices, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann is quoted by Germany daily Frakfurter Allegemeine Zeitung as saying.

According to Herrmann, a message was found in one of the videos found on a phone that was addressed directly to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State (IS) group, and pledged alliance to him. Therein the Syrian explained he was acting in the name of God.

Earlier, it was reported that the perpetrator had applied for protection in Germany but his request was turned down and he was to be deported to Bulgaria.

Police in Bavaria had so far downplayed suggestions of any Islamist link, arguing these represented only Herrmann's personal views.

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Tags: Ansbach attack, Islamic state, IS, Bulgaria, Syrian


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