A Syrian man who failed to get asylum in Germany pledged allegiance to the head of the Islamic State terror group in a video before he blew himself up near an open-air music festival in southern Germany, wounding 12 other people, Bavaria’s top security official announced Monday.
According to an initial translation of the Arabic-language video found on the bomber’s phone, the 27-year-old man announced a “revenge” attack against Germany, according to the official, Joachim Herrmann. He told reporters the video strongly suggested the bombing was a “terrorist attack.”
Herrmann said bomb-making material and a series of violent videos on storage devices turned up at the unnamed attacker’s home.
Government officials had ordered to deport the man not once, but twice. He was most recently told July 13 that he would be deported to Bulgaria, spokesman for Germany’s interior ministry Tobias Plate told reporters. He said the first deportation notice was issued on Dec. 22, 2014.