Germany Bomber pledged allegiance to IS

A video showing the Syrian man who blew himself up in Ansbach, Germany, on Sunday pledging allegiance to the leader of so-called Islamic State has been found on his phone, says Bavaria’s interior minister.

Joachim Hermann says two phones, multiple SIM cards and a laptop were found with the body of the 27-year-old asylum seeker or at his accommodation.

The man threatened a “revenge attack” on Germans in the video, he said.

Fifteen people were injured.

The attacker “announced in the name of Allah that he pledged allegiance to [IS chief] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi… and announced an act of revenge against Germans because they were standing in the way of Islam,” Mr. Hermann said.

Germany was already reeling after five people were wounded on a train in another part of Bavaria a week ago by an axe-wielding teenager from Afghanistan who had pledged allegiance to IS.

On Friday nine people were killed by a teenage gunman in the state capital, Munich, who then shot himself dead. That incident was not believed to be jihadist-inspired.

Bavarian authorities said that the bomb which exploded in Ansbach was constructed in such a way that it was clearly meant to kill as many people as possible.

Further bomb-making equipment was found at the asylum seekers’ accommodation where the man was living, including petrol, hydrogen peroxide and batteries, they added.

A detailed analysis of the content of the videos was ongoing, Mr. Hermann said.

“I think it is unquestionable that it is a terror attack with corresponding Islamist convictions of the perpetrator,” he said.  -BBC


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