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Ansbach explosion: Bomber pledged allegiance to IS

Ansbach explosion: Bomber pledged allegiance to IS

The Syrian man who blew himself up in Ansbach, Germany, on Sunday made a video pledging allegiance to the leader of so-called Islamic State, Bavarian authorities say.

The man threatened a “revenge attack” on Germans in the video, they said.

Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office has taken on the case due to “the suspicion of membership of a foreign terrorist organisation”. IS has claimed it was behind the attack and the Syrian was an IS “soldier”.

Fifteen people were injured, four of them seriously, when an explosive device in the man’s rucksack, packed with shrapnel, went off close to a music festival in the small town, which is near Nuremberg.

If the attack is confirmed as IS-linked, it would be the first Islamist-inspired suicide bomb on German soil.The bomber had been denied asylum in Germany and was due to be deported to Bulgaria, where he had previously been granted refugee status.

He had received psychiatric inpatient treatment and had tried to take his own life on two previous occasions, officials said.(BBC,2016)

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