ISIS claims Germany suicide bombing

After German authorities reveal ISIS propaganda found on bomber's phone, jihadist terror group takes responsibility for the attack.

Ari Soffer ,

Islamic State (ISIS) flag
Islamic State (ISIS) flag
Photo: Dado Ruvic / Reuters

The Syrian failed asylum seeker who blew himself up outside a music festival in Germany was a "soldier" of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS), the jihadist group's Amaq propaganda arm said on Monday.

It quoted an "insider source" as saying Sunday's attacker in the southern city of Ansbach who wounded 15 people "was a soldier of the Islamic State" who had acted "in response to calls to target nations in the coalition fighting" ISIS.

The latter statement appears to indicate that the bomber acted on his own, or with limited guidance from the terror group itself, but was "inspired" to act by ISIS propaganda, which has repeatedly called upon Muslims in Western countries to carry out lone wolf-style attacks. It is a pattern also seen in the aftermath of an ax and knife attack by another recent Muslim immigrant to Germany - whose attack ISIS took credit for soon after.

Amaq styles itself as a "news agency" in the so-called Islamic State, but is essentially the terror group's official propaganda arm, making the "revelation" essentially a claim of responsibility by ISIS.

Earlier Monday, German officials revealed they had found ISIS propaganda and other jihadist material on a number of devices belonging to the 27-year-old bomber.

Police also discovered more bomb-making equipment at his home at a center for asylum seekers.

AFP contributed to this report.