Police investigating ‘Islamist link’
German police are investigating an ‘Islamist link’ to the bomb attack on the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team last night, a report from the AFP news agency says.
According to several local media outlets – Süddeutschern Zeitung, the NDR and the WDR – the one page letter begins: “In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.”
The document is also claimed to refer to the attack on the Berlin Christmas market in December – and is also said to claim that German airplanes are involved in ‘assassinating Muslims in the Caliphate of the Islamic State’.
One German newspaper says the letter claims the attack was aimed at the team because of the Syrian mission – which has resulted in sportsmen and other celebrities “in Germany and other Crusading nations” being put “on a death list of the Islamic State.”
It goes on to claim the letter demands an immediate withdrawal of the (German air force) Bundeswehr Tornadoes from Syria as well as the closure of the American air base in Ramstein in Germany.
Controversial drone operations against alleged terrorists in the Middle East are controlled from the base.