Islamic State claims Afghan teen implicated in German train attack as its own

July 19, 2016 9:10 AM

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A 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker suspected of an ax attack on a German commuter train was a “fighter” of the Islamic State, the terrorism group’s news agency said Tuesday, as a German official said he had a hand-painted Islamic State flag in his room.

The claim came just hours after the attack that injured four people before the suspect was shot and killed by police. The teen carried out the attack “as an answer to calls to target the countries of the coalition fighting the Islamic State,” the Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said.

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