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Suicide bomber had fought for jihad group in Syrian war

Police officers leave a former hotel where a 27-year-old Syrian man who had been denied asylum lived before blowing himself up in Ansbach, Germany (AP)
Police officers leave a former hotel where a 27-year-old Syrian man who had been denied asylum lived before blowing himself up in Ansbach, Germany (AP)

Josie Ensor

The Ansbach suicide bomber had fought with a jihadist group in Syria before seeking asylum in Germany, it emerged yesterday, raising fresh questions about the country's screening of migrants.

Mohammad Daleel, the 27-year-old Syrian who detonated explosives outside a music festival, had fought with al-Qa'ida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. It appears that Daleel later pledged allegiance to Isil.

According to Isil's weekly 'al-Nabaa' magazine, he left Syria to seek treatment after being wounded in a mortar attack. He travelled to Germany, posing as a refugee.

The report claimed that he had planned the attack, which left 15 injured, for three months and was in "constant contact" with Isil leaders on the night of the bombing.

It is not clear whether German authorities knew of his membership of the extremist groups in Syria.

Irish Independent

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