Terrorist acted to punish Germans for ‘obstructing Islam’
The suicide bomber who injured 15 people in a yesterday at a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, left behind a video in which he pledged allegiance to ISIS and promised to carry out an attack ‘as an act of revenge against Germans, because they obstruct Islam’.
According to this report, the 27-year-old Syrian said the attack would be committed in the name of Allah as retaliation for the killing of Muslims. The bomber, who has not been named, died when he detonated a bomb outside the the Ansbach Open music festival last night night, where about 2,500 were in attendance,
The ISIS-affiliated media group Amaq also claimed responsibility for the attack.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told a press conference today:
I believe that after this video we cannot doubt that this attack was an Islamist terror attack.
Four of the 15 victims were seriously injured, according to Ansbach Mayor Carla Seidel.
The attack has further rattled the German public following a week of violence in southern Germany that began July 18, when an immigrant teen, apparently inspired by ISIS, stabbed passengers on a train in Wurzburg in Bavaria.
That was followed by a shooting spree Friday in which nine people were killed in the Bavarian state capital, Munich, before a Syrian asylum seeker killed a woman in Reutlingen, in the neighboring southern German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, on Sunday, hours ahead of the Ansbach attack.
The wave of violence has fueled criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming stance toward immigrants, with the hashtag #Merkelsommer, or “Merkel summer,” circulating on social media.
Germany accepted more than a million asylum seekers last year, and some Germans have expressed fears that terrorists might have entered the country among them, or that disaffected youths among the refugees could be susceptible to radicalisation.
The attacker was a rejected asylum seeker known for petty criminal offenses who was due to be deported to Bulgaria, officials said Monday.