Terror Investigation Germany Attackers Had Contact with Suspected IS Members

The perpetrators of recent attacks in Ansbach and Würzburg in Germany had contacts with suspected Islamic State members in Saudi Arabia, SPIEGEL has learned. Chat transcripts suggest one of the perpetrators may have been planning to strike again.

Investigators at the site of the July 24 attack in Ansbach, Germany

Investigators at the site of the July 24 attack in Ansbach, Germany

Transcripts of chats obtained by German authorities indicate that the two men involved in attacks in the German cities of Ansbach and Würzburg had repeated contact with suspected members of Islamic State via telephone numbers registered in Saudi Arabia, among other places, SPIEGEL has learned. Würzburg perpetrator Riaz Khan Ahmadzai, who is believed to have originated from Afghanistan and seriously injured several people on a regional train with an axe and knife on July 18, also left a goodbye message before engaging in the attack. "We'll see each other in paradise," he wrote.

In chats conducted prior to the attack, an IS contact man suggested to the 17-year-old that he drive a car into a mass of people. The perpetrator rejected the suggestion, justifying himself by saying he didn't have a driver's license. Instead, Ahmadzai announced, he would board a train and attack the first passengers that are convenient.

In the case of the other attack in Ansbach, committed by Mohammed Daleel of Syria, the authorities believe the perpetrator's death on July 24 was likely an accident. They think his intention had been to deposit a backpack carrying homemade explosives within a crowd at a music festival in the city before detonating it remotely.

Shortly before the attack, his chat contact had called on him to film the detonation and the ensuing inferno and to send the video to IS. But it appears the explosive detonated prematurely, killing Daleel and injuring 15 others. There is discussion in the chats of Daleel perpetrating further attacks. Daleel's face is concealed behind a veil in the video in which he claims responsibility for the attacks, which investigators view as a sign that he may have been planning further ones. Investigators also found further bomb-making materials in the apartment where he was staying.


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romaval 08/05/2016
1. We all know
that Saudi Arabia is more involved than the local authorities want to admit. After 9/11 the US attacked the wrong countries.Today Saudis say...we are against IS but seem to forget from where all came from.....from themselves.
eks2040@aol.com 08/05/2016
2. ISIS in Germany...
and given the contacts to ISIS in Saudi Arabia the only question on hand is: What is the German Govt going to do about it?? Open immigration policies, lack of documentation control, is not the answer, so we learn, but does the Govt understand that as well. Personally, I am dis-illusioned. Karl
distrak 08/05/2016
3. Any surprise here?
Very good work by the German police. And if Daleel got eviscerated by his own bomb...well sometimes God really is great. But, please can we admit that letting thousands of these muslim men walk into the country and claim asylum--this is still going on--is going to bring more of this misery down on German people--and any tourists who don't avoid Germany? Germany does great work--and phony justification--AFTER these assaults. If these people were NOT in Germany, these assaults would NOT happen. And again....the axe attacker was from Pakistan--he lied about his origin, as did hundreds of thousands of Afghans, Pakistanis, North Africans last year. If you cannot absolutely prove your identity or threw away your documents--WHY are you allowed into Germany? And if your documents are proven to be false--instant denial of your asylum application. And no sitting around on taxpayer money learning about bomb building. And if you have been asked to leave--WHY are you still here in Germany? This article makes all these crimes sound just routine. Happens all the time! Maybe with the current OPEN BORDER policy and the coddling that criminals and illegal migrants get in Germany--this will be routine.
Vxx 08/06/2016
4. Time to educate yourselves on this form of warfare.
Terrorism is a means with which a weak enemy can disrupt a more powerful one by using fear. The populace gives in to the fear and the terrorist wins small but important victories. If people alter their habits and culture to escape the wrath of the terrorist Then the terrorist has succeeded in their aim. The best response is to do what ever the terrorist fears. Frustrating the terrorist is the finest resistance. When the populace refuses to give in they defeat the terrorist and often drive them to prison or to easier targets.
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