Suicide bomber pledged Islamic State allegiance in smartphone video

The suicide bomber who injured 15 people in southern Germany at the weekend vowed to commit a terrorist attack in Germany in footage found on his mobile phone, Bavaria's top security official said Monday.

The footage also showed the man, identified as a rejected Syrian asylum seeker, pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said.

According to Herrmann, the man said the attack was revenge because Germany had killed Muslims. A translation of the footage showed that he committed the attack in the name of Allah.

The attack in Ansbach, Germany, only killed the bomber. It comes after a week that has seen four violent attacks in the country, three of them allegedly perpetrated by recently arrived asylum seekers.

Suicide bomber had material for more bombs

Materials to build further bombs including fuel, hydrochloric acid and alcohol-based cleaner were found in the accommodation of a Syrian man who blew himself up in southern Germany, Bavaria's top security official Joachim Hermann says.

Salafist material found in suicide bomber belongings

Salafist material was among items retrieved from the accommodation of a Syrian migrant who blew himself up in southern Germany, says Bavaria's top security official Joachim Hermann.

Salafism is an ultra-conservative reform movement within Sunni Islam.

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