IS releases video of Afghan teen who attacked German train

by Jared Lewis July 22, 2016, 8:58
IS releases video of Afghan teen who attacked German train

Emaq news agency which is close to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group published a video of the attacker who introduces himself as Mohammad Riyad speaking in Pashto language.

In the video that lasts two minutes 20 seconds, the 17-year-old says "soldiers of the caliphate" will attack "infidels" everywhere.

The attack happened at around 9.15pm (1915 GMT) on the train between the town of Treuchtlingen and Wuerzburg in Bavaria, southern Germany.

On Tuesday, authorities found a hand-painted ISIL flag and what they called a suicide letter addressed to the attackers's father among his belongings.

Investigators have discovered that the attacker first arrived in Germany more than a year ago as an unaccompanied minor seeking asylum, and lived in a refugee center until just two weeks ago.

Locals described the assailant, identified in mediareports as Riaz A, as "calm and even-keeled" and a "devoutMuslim who did not appear to be radical or a fanatic", according to Joachim Herrmann, interior minister of Bavariastate.

Police in W├╝rzburg, Bavaria said on their Facebook page that three of the victims suffered serious injuries and one was slightly injured.

Her sister Tracy, 26, and mother, 58, also were injured, while Sylvia's 17-year-old brother was unharmed.

"The perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was oneof the fighters of the Islamic State", the IS-linked Amaq newsagency said.

Georg Pazderski, a member of AfD's national leadership, said the attack showed Germany was "sitting on a risky time bomb" in the shape of thousands of young refugees.

German officials reported that on Saturday, the teen learned a good friend had been killed in Afghanistan.

The DPA news agency reported that Wuerzburg police said Monday that the man attacked passengers with "blunt and slashing" weapons and 3 were critically wounded.

"I'm shocked by this terrible act of violence", Christian Schuchardt said, adding that his thoughts were with the victims and other passengers "who have suffered severe injuries on their bodies and souls by this act of craziness".

He had an eastern accent similar to that of Pakistanis who speak Pashto, leading to speculation that he may have lied about his homeland when he came to Germany previous year as an unaccompanied minor asylum seeker to increase his chances of being allowed to stay.

Investigations pointed to the train attacker being a "lone wolf" who had been spurred into action by Islamic State propaganda, said de Maiziere.

Concerns have lessened recently, as the number of migrants coming to Germany slowed and warnings of a spike in crime weren't realized. He noted that most of the recent extremist attacks in Europe were carried out by people born or raised here.


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