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Germany suicide bomber ‘pledged allegiance’ to IS group

Daniel Karmann, dpa/AFP | Police investigators work at the site of a suicide bombing in Ansbach, southern Germany, on July 25, 2016

A Syrian man who blew himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in a video recorded on his mobile phone, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann revealed on Monday.


Herrmann said the video recorded before Sunday’s attack – in which the suspect died and more than a dozen people were wounded – showed that the incident was a terrorist attack.

“A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name of Allah, and testifying his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a famous Islamist leader, an act of revenge against the Germans because they’re getting in the way of Islam,” Hermann said at a news conference.

“I think that after this video there’s no doubt that the attack was a terrorist attack with an Islamist background,” he added.

Police found violent videos and bomb making-material during a raid on the 27-year-old man’s home.

German police nevertheless called into question if the Ansbach attack was meant as a suicide mission, noting that the attacker had enough materials to build another bomb.

Moments later, the IS group claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq mouthpiece, saying that one of its fighters had carried out the bombing in the southern German town.

“He carried out the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition that fights Islamic State,” the jihadist movement said in a statement.

Germany has ordered an increased police presence in sensitive places after the attack in Ansbach, the fourth in a spate of violent attacks in the country in less than a week.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Monday said he would boost the country's police presence at airports and train stations and carry out stop and search operations close to border areas.

“What seems particularly important to me at the moment is an increased police presence in public spaces,” de Maiziere told a news conference in Berlin.

“I have therefore ordered that the federal police visibly increase their presence at airports and railways stations and that there are random checks, which are not visible but very effective, in border areas,” he said.


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