Germany: Syrian Refugee Pledged Allegiance to Islamic State
He injured 12 while another refuge murdered a pregnant woman with a machete.
Two Syrians in Germany attacked innocent civilians on Sunday. One killed a pregnant woman with a machete while the other detonated a bomb outside of a music festival.
The bomber recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which has led authorities to call it a terrorist attack. Authorities call the murder of the pregnant woman a crime of passion since the attacker was in love with her.
The attacks come only days after Ali Sonboly, a German-Iranian 18-year-old, killed nine at a McDonalds in Munich.
Late Sunday night, a man who did not receive asylum in Germany blew himself up outside of a music festival in Ansbach, where he lived at an asylum shelter, injuring 12 people. The government let him stay in the country “because of the situation in Syria.”
The 27-year-old also remained on Germany’s watch list due to past crimes. Authorities confirmed he wanted to target the music festival, but security did not let him in. He went to a nearby bar and detonated the bomb.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the authorities found the bomb “included metal items typically used in ‘wood manufacturing’ and that they had the power to kill more people than were injured.” They also searched his apartment and phone:
The bomber, a 27-year-old Syrian man who was supposed to be deported, had bomb-making materials in his apartment, Mr. Herrmann said. Those materials included fuel, hydrochloric acid, alcohol-based cleaner, soldering irons, wires, and pebbles.
On his phone, authorities found an Arabic-language video in which the bomber threatens an attack against Germans “in the name of Allah” and pledges allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Mr. Herrmann said.
“He then warns explicitly of an act of revenge against the Germans because they are obstructing Islam,” Mr. Herrmann said. “According to this video, it is beyond doubt that this attack was a terrorist attack with a perpetrator who had Islamist convictions.”
Over 2,000 people attended the concert, which should have ended at 11:30PM. People heard bangs at 10PM:
“We were able to get them out of the venue in a very calm and orderly manner,” she said. “The injured are being treated in hospital. As far as I have been informed, none of those injured are in life threatening condition.””
A 21-year-old man who sought asylum in Germany murdered a pregnant woman “he was reportedly in love with” and injuring two others. He took a kebab from the shop they worked at and attacked her. However, the police have called it a “crime of passion” and not a terrorist attack:
“When a man and woman have an argument, we assume that we are dealing with a crime of passion,” a local police spokesman told DPA, the German news agency, after media reported that the attacker and the murdered woman were close and worked in the same snack bar.
Local media report that the man was arguing with the woman before attacking her. Mohammad Alhelo, who also worked at the kebab shop, described the attacker as a “friendly guy” who was in love with the woman he killed.
“She was from Poland and cleared the tables for us,” Mr Alhelo, 20, told the local newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung. The attacker, he added, had come to Germany from Syria one and a half years ago.
A man hit the attacker with his car to stop the attack. Witnesses said the attacker “ran after a police car with his machete.”
Germany has remained on high alert due to recent attacks. On July 19, a 17-year-old “refugee” stabbed several people on a train while screaming ” Allahu Akbar.” Special forces shot him when he tried to attack a police officer.
On July 23, Sonboly shot nine people in Munich. Authorities could not find connections to any radical Islamic groups, but he had an obsession with mass shootings and idolized Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway exactly five years before Sonboly committed his attack.
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What the caliphate could not accomplish through a frontal assault, the anti-native factions achieved through a backdoor intrusion.
Perhaps a “Planned German” clinic would restore a semblance of civility to the public space.
What’s the problem?
The Germans successfully gave the refugees a safe space to practice their beliefs and they did.
Ansbach is also a very small town with a US Military installation – Odd that there is no mention of Americans in the audience?
U.S. officials said no Americans were among the injured