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7/19/16

Daesh: Germany Probes Possible Islamic State Ties in Ax Attack on Train - by Donna Abu-Nasr and Rainer Buergin

German authorities are investigating if an Afghan refugee, who critically wounded two train passengers in an ax attack on Monday, was part of a terror web after Islamic State claimed it inspired the 17-year-old suspect later shot and killed by police.

Though investigators found a handmade Islamic State flag in the teenager’s room, “no evidence has so far been found on the ground that would suggest he was part of Islamist networks,” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said at a televised press conference.

Texts crafted in Pashtu and Latin characters also found appear to indicate someone who “self-radicalized” recently, Herrmann said.

“We have taken note that Islamic State militias have allegedly accepted responsibility over the Internet,” the minister said. The assailant was a "soldier” answering the call to target nations in the coalition fighting Islamic State, according to a statement by the group’s Amaq news agency shared by sympathizers on Twitter.

Read more: Germany Probes Possible Islamic State Ties in Ax Attack on Train - Bloomberg

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