The Islamic State Amaq News “agency” has officially claimed responsibility for yesterday’s Christmas market attack that killed 12 and injured 48 at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany.
The statement was released in German and can be read below:
It reads in English:
The perpetrator of the attack in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State. He carried out the operation according to calls for attacks on the coalition states.
According to The Standard, the arrested terror suspect Naved B., 23, is being investigated to see if the attack was ordered from the Islamic State “proper” or if he was acting alone. According to The Guardian, Naved B. is a recent immigrant to Germany from Pakistan. However, new reports suggest that Naved B. is not be the correct suspect.
Police do not know if he was acting alone.
The new suspect is a known Islamist who is thought to have hijacked the Scania truck before shooting its Polish driver, Lukasz Urban, dead. His documents were later found in the truck.
The attack follows current ISIS attack methods. According to The Telegraph, the US recently warned of heightened risks of terror attacks on Christmas markets in Europe as ISIS loses its grasp on Iraq and Syria.
Last month, an ISIS magazine article targeting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade instructed jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS suggested that a lone wolf use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.
A similar attack claimed by ISIS was carried out this year on July 14 at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Bouhlel is responsible for murdering up to 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them.
The attack came the same day as the assassination of Andrei Karlov, who was shot and killed in Ankara by police officer Mert Altintas, 22. Altintas was filmed giving the “tahwid,” or ISIS’ index finger signal, while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
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