German terror attack: Afghan teen wanted to kill ‘infidels’
A notebook found at the home of an Afghan teen who yesterday attacked passengers on a German train contained a message to his father, asking him to pray for him take revenge ‘on the infidels’ and ‘get to Heaven’.
According to this report, officials said said the message may be regarded as a suicide note.
Police also found an IS flag in the room of the Afghan refugee who was shot dead by German police after attacking train passengers with an axe and knife.
The 17-year-old injured at least four people, two critically, and was shot dead as he fled on Monday night near the southern city of Wuerzburg. Four of the injured were from Hong Kong.
The IS-linked Amaq news agency said on Tuesday the teenager was a “fighter” for the group and had:
Carried out the operation in answer to the calls to target the countries of the coalition fighting the Islamic State.
Amaq later released what it claims is a video of the train assailant, heard saying he is one of the group’s fighters and that he intends to carry out a suicide attack in Germany.
Bavarian state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told Reuters TV that a hand-painted ISIL flag was found among the teenager’s belongings when police searched his home.
However, Herrmann said it was still too early to say whether the youth was a member of the group.
The train attacker was “a devout Sunni,” according to officials, who added that he didn’t visit a mosque regularly, but had probably prayed privately. Having studied the man’s presence on social networks, investigators said he had published a post against “enemies of Islam” some 24 hours before the attack.
One of the perpetrator’s friends, with whom he often spoke by phone, had recently died in Afghanistan, the media were told, with investigators adding that it may have been a trigger for the assault.
In a screenshot from the video which is circulating on social media a young man, whose identity cannot be immediately verified, is seen wielding a knife. In his speech, he reportedly claimed he would use the weapon in a slaughter to avenge the killings of people in Muslim countries and called on others who couldn’t reach IS strongholds in Syria and Iraq to conduct attacks in their own countries.
The now-confirmed evidence that the teenager shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as he charged at his victims with an axe on the train was “a first clue” of his possible connection with radical Islam, the officials said. However, they again warned the media against “premature judgments” before the investigation is concluded.
An expert on Islamism at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Münich, Dr David Arn, is quoted here as saying that Isis are leaping on the Würzburg train attack to try to further their goal of dividing Muslims in Europe from the wider society.
It should come as no surprise that Isis have taken ‘credit’ for this attack. This is exactly the same thing as happened after attacks in Nice and in Orlando.
In all these incidents the evidence suggests that single individuals, so-called “lone wolves”, planned the attacks alone and acted alone and “then used the jihadi ideology as an excuse for their actions,” Arn said.
But he also cautioned that it was too early to tell exactly what had happened in Würzburg, with investigations only just getting underway.