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“Germany’s First Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan?,” by Matthias Gebauer, Yassin Musharbash and Holger Stark for Spiegel (thanks to all who sent this in):
A young German-born Turk could possibly have carried out an attack in Afghanistan that killed two US soldiers. The Islamic Jihad Union claims 28-year-old CÃ¼neyt C. from Bavaria was responsible for the March 3 attack, now the German authorities are desperately trying to find out the bomber’s identity.
Since March 6, German investigators have also been looking into the incident. Ever since experts at the Berlin-based Joint Counter-Terrorism Center (GTAZ) discovered an Internet message that included the photograph of a grinning bearded man they have been pulling out all the stops to investigate the case. There are indications that the Khost bomber was no Afghan or Pakistani radical. In fact it is likely that the perpetrator was a Turkish citizen from Bavaria, born in Freising and regarded as a dangerous Islamist. If it was him, it would be nightmare for the investigators — the first suicide bomber from Germany.
‘Exchanging a Life of Luxury for Paradise’
The investigators first regarded the Internet message as pure propaganda. The terrorist group Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) wrote in Turkish that they had attacked “the military camp of the occupying force of the unbelievers,” with 4.5 tons of explosives, “fully destroying” the US camp. The site gladly quotes the Taliban, who helped prepare the operation, and its reports of helicopters that took away the bodies. Instead of the two dead US soldiers, the IJU speaks of 60 victims.
The text then gets more flowery but also very concrete when it comes to details. CÃ¼neyt C., also known as Saad Ebu Furkan, had “successfully carried out” the attack — “a brave Turk, who came from Germany and exchanged his life of luxury for paradise.” According to the text, “our brother” always prayed “to cause great damage to the unbelievers.” With this attack Allah had now heard CÃ¼neyt C.’s prayer. The message is signed “the Press Office of the Islamic Jihad Union.”…