Germany train attacker might be from Pakistan, say authorities

| Updated: Jul 20, 2016 22:16 IST

Kabul, July 20 (ANI): Germany authorities have expressed doubts regarding the country of origin of the Bavarian train attacker who was alleged to be an Afghan asylum seeker, saying he might have been from Pakistan. The Islamic State (IS) militant group had yesterday released a video featuring the 17-year-old, who was shot dead by police following the train attack. He had injured five people during the attack, while injuring two critically. Emaq news agency which is close to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group published a video of the attacker who introduces himself as Mohammad Riyad speaking in Pashto language, reports Khaama Press. Riyad claims he is an ISIS soldier and informs regarding his so called sacred operation in Germany. The Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) TV network said sources close to the German security services now thinks that Riyad might have pretended to be Afghan on arrival in Germany in 2015 in order to have a better chance at securing asylum. It also said that experts have indicated that his accent is also clearly Pakistani. Though he identified as Mohammad Riyad but the authorities in Germany have said he was recorded as Riaz Kahn. German authorities said they had authenticated the video. Authorities, yesterday said they had found a hand-painted IS flag and what they called a suicide letter among the attacker's belongings. (ANI)