Police work at a site where a
Syrian refugee set off an explosive device in Ansbach, southern Germany,
on July 25, 2016, killing himself and wounding a dozen others. (AFP
group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack on people in
southern Germany, saying the attacker, believed to be a Syrian refugee,
was a recruit fighting for the Takfiri group.
on the Amaq news agency, which is affiliated to the group, on Monday
that the 27-year-old Syrian refugee who killed himself and injured 15
people outside a café in the city of Ansbach in the German state of
Bavaria a day earlier was member of the group who acted “in response to
calls to target nations in the [so-called US-led] coalition fighting”
the Takfiris in the Middle East.
Germany has been part of the
co-called multi-national task force claiming to fight Daesh in Iraq and
Syria. The coalition, which works under the leadership of the United
States, has been carrying out air strikes against positions of Daesh in
Syria despite objections raised by the Syrian government.
state interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said Monday that authorities
found a video on the mobile of the Syrian attacker showing he pledged
allegiance to Daesh.
“A video made by the assailant
was found on his mobile phone in which he threatened an attack,” said
Herrmann, adding, “After that he announced … that he pledged
allegiance to (Daesh leader) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
attacker said in the video that the assault was “an act of revenge
against Germans,” because of their fight against Daesh, the official
Officials had said earlier that the Ansbach attacker, who
is yet to be identified, faced imminent deportation to Bulgaria, where
he was first registered as an asylum seeker.
It was the second
attack in a week in Germany for which the Daesh terrorist group claimed
responsibility. Last Monday, a teenager, identified as an Afghan asylum
seeker who wielded an axe and a knife, wounded four passengers on a
regional train, before injuring a passerby. The asylum seeker, whom the
officials said could be a Pakistani national, was killed by the police.
German authorities have denied that two other attacks in the country
which took place over the past days had any links to terror
The deadliest attack of all came on Friday when a
teenager opened fire at people shopping at a mall in the city of Munich,
killing nine and injuring more than 35 others. That was followed by
another machete attack in the city of Reutlingen southwest of Germany,
which led to the killing of a woman while two others were injured.