Cafe at­tacker ‘pledged al­le­giance to IS’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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