Cafe attacker ‘pledged allegiance to IS’
A SYRIAN asylum seeker who blew himself up outside a German music festival had made a video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, authorities said, in the second attack claimed by the jihadists in Germany in a week.
The 27-year-old assailant wounded 15 people, four of them seriously, near a cafe in Ansbach on July 24 when he set off a bomb in his rucksack, killing himself.
“A video made by the assailant was found on his mobile phone in which he threatened an attack,” Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann told reporters on July 25.
“After that he announced in the name of Allah that he pledged allegiance to [IS chief ] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the well-known Islamist leader, and announced an act of revenge against Germans because they were standing in the way of Islam.”
The IS later said via the jihadistlinked Amaq news agency that the attacker “was a soldier of the Islamic State” who had acted “in response to calls to target nations in the coalition fighting” the extremists. –