Bavarian Suicide Bomber?
German Police Investigate Afghan Blast
The Islamist Cüneyt C. is possibly the first suicide bomber to come from Germany. That at least is what the Web site of the Islamic Jihad Union claims. It says the German-born Turkish citizen died in Afghanistan on March 3 in an attack that killed two US soldiers and two civilians.
An Islamist from Germany has possibly carried out a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. According to the Uzbek terror group the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) the German-born Turkish citizen Cüneyt C. carried out an attack on March 3 in the eastern Afghan province of Khost which killed two US soldiers and two civilians.
A photograph published by the IJU on the Internet shows a bearded man holding a weapon. The group praises the "brave Turkish man, who came from Germany, and exchanged his life of luxury for paradise."
The 28-year-old Cüneyt C., who was born in the Bavarian town of Freising, had already come to the attention of German investigators. He was thought to have had links with the three Islamists arrested last year in Germany's Sauerland region on suspicion of
plotting a terrorist attack.
The man who is also known as "Ismail from Ansbach" left Germany on April 2, 2007 with his wife and two children. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) assumes that he travelled via Turkey and Iran to Pakistan. An intercepted e-mail that mentioned "two families" from Germany, indicates that he had made contact with the IJU by the end of April 2007 at the latest.
Cüneyt C. was one of at least four Islamists from Germany that investigators assume attended terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In October of last year Sadullah K., a Turkish citizen from the German state of Hesse, died fighting in Pakistan.
What is known is that on March 3 an attacker rammed an explosives-laden car into the gates of the government district center in the Yaqoubi district, in the province of Khost killing two US soldiers and two Afghan civilians. German intelligence agents are now working with their Afghan counterparts to try to identify the attacker and determine if it was indeed Cüneyt C.