Ansbach bomber pledged allegiance to ISIS

Such is the state of affairs in Germany right now that there were two horrifying attacks by refugees in a single day yesterday. A Syrian refugee in a town south of Stuttgart murdered a pregnant woman with a meat cleaver and then attacked strangers in the street, wounding two people before he was hit by a car and arrested. Police have said the motive in that case was personal.

The second attack took place Sunday evening at an open air concert in the city of Ansbach where a suicide bomber, 27-year-old Mohammad Daleel, killed himself and injured 15 people. Authorities have now found a video in which the bomber pledged allegiance to ISIS. From the BBC:

[Bavaria’s interior minister] Joachim Hermann said two phones, multiple SIM cards and a laptop were found with the body of the 27-year-old asylum seeker or at his accommodation…

IS has claimed it was behind the attack and the Syrian was an IS “soldier”…

The attacker announced in the video “in the name of Allah that he pledged allegiance to [IS chief] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi… and announced an act of revenge against Germans because they were standing in the way of Islam,” Mr Hermann said.

One wrinkle in this story is that the bomber’s application for refugee status had been rejected a year ago. In fact, he had already received two notices of deportation, the most recent about two weeks ago. From the NY Times:

As a policy, Germany does not send Syrians who are denied asylum back to Syria, on account of the civil war there, but it would have been possible to send him back to Bulgaria, his point of entry into the European Union.

“It is correct that Syrians cannot be deported to Syria at this point, this is out of the question, but that does not mean that Syrians cannot be deported at all,” Tobias Plate, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said in Berlin on Monday. The Syrian refugee who killed himself in Ansbach had been notified of his impending deportation to Bulgaria, but “I can’t at this point tell you why the deportation has not been carried out,” Mr. Plate said.

Carda Seidel, the mayor of Ansbach, a city of roughly 50,000 that is home to 644 refugees, said that the bomber had received two deportation orders, most recently on July 13.

One question that does not seem to be answered yet is why his application was denied. The man apparently had mental problems and had attempted suicide twice.