BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):
Hussein Daitzik, 17, one of the nine victims of a July 22 shooting in Munich, has been buried in his family’s native village near the Greek city of Komotini.
His parents and two siblings – they and Hussein were triplets – attended alongside his 72-year-old grandmother, who lives in the village. It appeared that the whole village, both Christians and Muslims, turned out.
Officials attending included the minister of the interior, Panayiotis Kourouplis, the Christian Orthodox Bishop of Komotini and the Mufti of Komotini. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a wreath.
Hussein’s many friends, who had expected him on his annual family vacation this week, have done the same tattoo on their hands: “R.I.P. Hussein 22/7/16.”
—By Costas Kantouris
The German government says President Barack Obama has offered his sympathy to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over a string of attacks in Germany over the past 10 days.
Merkel’s office said the two leaders spoke by phone on Wednesday. It said in a statement that they stressed their will to continue fighting international terrorism together and with determination. It added that they also discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine.
Two of the attacks in Germany were claimed by the Islamic State group. Islamic extremism wasn’t the motive in the other two — including the deadliest attack, in which a young German-born man killed nine people in Munich.
State Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s top security official, says a roll of 50-euro ($55) notes was found on the attacker in Ansbach. It’s unclear where the money came from — but Herrmann says it is “unlikely that it could have been paid for solely from what an asylum-seeker in Germany gets in the way of pocket money.” He didn’t specify how much cash was found in total.
Bavaria’s top security official says it’s unclear whether the man who blew himself up at a bar in the town of Ansbach meant to detonate it at the moment he did.
State Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, who also says the assailant was in an online chat with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion, said Wednesday that further investigation is needed.
Herrmann said: “Because of witness testimony on what happened and also the course of the chat, there are indeed questions about whether he intended to set off the bomb at that moment.”
Attacker Mohammad Daleel, a Syrian asylum-seeker, died and 15 people were wounded when the bomb exploded in a wine bar Sunday night after he wasn’t allowed entry to a nearby open-air concert because he didn’t have a ticket.
Bavaria’s interior minister says a man who blew himself up at a bar in the southern German town of Ansbach was in an online chat with an as-yet unknown person immediately before the explosion.
News agency dpa reported that Joachim Herrmann said Wednesday: “There was apparently an immediate contact with someone who had a significant influence on this attack.”
He said it wasn’t clear whether the assailant was in contact with the Islamic State group or where the other person in the chat was.
Herrmann says investigators checking the assailant’s cellphone came across the “intensive chat” and that “the chat appears to end immediately before the attack.”
The online magazine of the Islamic State group has described how a 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker who blew himself up at a bar in the southern German town of Ansbach spent months planning the attack, once even hiding his home-made bomb in his room moments before a police raid.
The weekly Al-Nabaa magazine’s report, published late Tuesday, added that Mohammad Daleel had fought both in Iraq and Syria with a branch of al-Qaida and the IS group before arriving in Germany as an asylum-seeker two years ago.
Daleel died and 15 people were wounded when the bomb exploded in a wine bar Sunday night after he wasn’t allowed entry to a nearby open-air concert because he didn’t have a ticket.
The Ansbach attack was the last one of four attacks in the country in the span of a week, two of which have been claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.