Third Suspect Admits Role in German Gurudwara Attack

Investigators are trying to establish whether the suspect is part of a terror network.

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A police officer passes by the Sikh temple after three people were injured in the explosion, in Essen (Photo: AP)

A third teenager, who was arrested in connection with the bombing of a gurudwara by Islamist militants in the German city of Essen, has admitted to the authorities that he was part of a group which carried out the terror attack, according to a media report.

Tolga I, who is known in his circle as ‘Amir’, appears to be a sort of “commander-in-chief” who has given the order to Mohammed B and Yussuf T to explode a bomb at the Nanaksar Satsang Sabha Gurudwara on the evening of 16 April.
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During the interrogation, 17-year-old Tolga did not reveal the background or motive for targeting the Sikh temple, though he admitted that he was part of a group which carried out the bomb attack on the gurudwara. Investigators are trying to establish whether Tolga I, as well as sixteen-year-olds Mohammed and Yussuf, who were arrested four days after the attack, are part of a terror network.

A 60-year-old Sikh priest was seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries in the explosion, which ripped through the entrance hall of the gurudwara. Investigators have traced a link of the three boys to a radical Muslim clergy and to a travel agency in the city of Duisburg, near Essen, the report said. The three have also frequently visited the Assalam Mosque in Essen, which is known to the authorities as a meeting place of radical Islamists.

Tolga, who was taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued by the district court in Essen, came to police attention after his mother informed them about his links to radical Islamists and handed over some notices made by her son, the report said. She was worried that Tolga was preparing to leave for Syria to fight for the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
Islamic State is recruiting children with and sometimes even without the consent of their parents. (Photo: Reuters)
Islamic State is recruiting children with and sometimes even without the consent of their parents. (Photo: Reuters)

Local authorities in the town of Schermbeck, near the area where the family lives, banned Tolga from travelling abroad and impounded his passport after his mother approached the police. Investigators found on Tolga’s Facebook profile a message from 17 April that he got married on that day. They believe that Yussuf and Mohammed also did the same during the last six weeks and all of them found their partners through Islamic matrimonial agencies. Investigators are still groping in the dark about whom the terror suspects married and what was their motive.

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