German attacker was in online chat before explosion, police say
Posted: 7:07 AM, Jul 27, 2016
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<p>Refugees from Syria stand near the site of the attack and hold up a sign reading 'we are Muslims and not terrorists' in Ansbach, Germany, Tuesday July 26, 2016. In the most recent attack, a 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker set off a backpack laden with explosives and shrapnel Sunday night after being refused entry to a crowded music festival in the Bavarian city of Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 15 people. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)</p>
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."
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