Ans­bach bomber ‘pledged al­le­giance to ISIL’

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A SYR­IAN man who det­o­nated ex­plo­sives out­side a mu­sic fes­ti­val in the Ger­man city of Ans­bach, killing only him­self and wound­ing at least 15 peo­ple, had pledged al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State of Syria and the Le­vant group be­fore the at­tack, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cial. The 27-year-old sus­pect, who was a refugee, blew him­self up late on Sun­day af­ter be­ing de­nied en­try to the event. Joachim Her­rmann, the in­te­rior min­is­ter of Bavaria, said yes­ter­day that video footage dis­cov­ered on the sus­pect’s mo­bile phone show­ing him pledg­ing al­le­giance to Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi, the self-de­clared leader of ISIL, also known as ISIS, makes it clear the in­ci­dent was a “ter­ror­ist at­tack”. He said the man, who has not been named, also “an­nounced an act of re­venge against Ger­mans be­cause they were stand­ing in the way of Is­lam”. Mo­ments later, ISIL claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing on its Amaq web­site, say­ing that the at­tacker was one of its “sol­diers”. Al Jazeera’s Do­minic Kane, re­port­ing from Ber­lin, said: “He [the sus­pect] came to Ger­many two years ago and his asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected last year for rea­sons that we don’t know right at this minute. “He had been based in Ger­many with the knowl­edge that he wasn’t go­ing to re­ceive per­ma­nent asy­lum in this coun­try. He had twice be­fore tried to take his life and, at some point in the re­cent past, he had been re­ceiv­ing psy­chi­atric help.” Ger­man po­lice also said that they had found enough ma­te­ri­als to make another bomb at the sus­pect’s home, and sev­eral vi­o­lent videos. Ger­many will boost its po­lice pres­ence at air­ports and train sta­tions and carry out stop-and-search op­er­a­tions close to border ar­eas, Thomas de Maiziere, Ger­many’s in­te­rior min­is­ter, said in Ber­lin yeste­day af­ter four vi­o­lent at­tacks in less than a week. “What seems par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to me at the mo­ment is an in­creased po­lice pres­ence in pub­lic spa­ces. “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.” Bomb­ing out­side mu­sic fes­ti­val in Ans­bach kills sus­pect. — Al Jazeera and agen­cies

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