German attacker was in online chat before explosion, police say

Posted: 7:07 AM, Jul 27, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-27 12:07:30Z

BERLIN (AP) — Bavaria's interior minister said 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 said investigators checking the assailant's cellphone came across the "intensive chat" and that "the chat appears to end immediately before the attack."