A chat log from the computer of the 15-year-old who stabbed a German policeman reveals that the Islamic State ordered the attack.
Police in Germany have announced new evidence in the case of Safia S., the 15-year-old girl who stabbed a policeman at a railway station in Hanover in February. New evidence from the confiscated computer of the young girl proves that she was not only in contact with the terrorist organisation, but that the Islamic State had ordered her to carry out “martyrdom operations,” Bild reports.
Initially, authorities believed that Safia had only been inspired by Islamic State propaganda on the internet and that she had been mostly self radicalised. Safia is said to have attempted to make the journey to join Islamic State in Syria but was taken back to Germany by her mother.
The chat logs, which were between Safia and a fellow Islamist in Hanover, were looked at by several German news sources including public broadcasters WDR and NDR as well as the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung. The logs revealed that Safia had contacts at the Turkish border with Syria and that she had not been travelling completely on her own as was previously thought.
She is said to have met her Islamic State contacts in Turkey during a trip in January. Though she did return to Germany, the logs show that her contact welcomed the news saying she should use the chance to “surprise the unbelievers”.
Safia wrote that she thought a chance for martyrdom would be “really fun,” and justified her actions claiming she was told by the terrorist group that it would be for the “greater good”.
It was revealed in the chat logs that the teen had been in contact with the group long before she had attempted to join them in Syria, and show that she had been writing to them during the horrific Paris terrorist attack in November that saw 130 Parisians murdered at the Bataclan nightclub. “Our lions were in action in Paris,” she wrote and claimed that it was her “favourite day” because of the “success” of the operation.
Safia has been charged with attempted murder and support of a terrorist group, but has not yet been charged with carrying out the attack on behalf of Islamic State. The Salafist whom Safia corresponded with may also face charges for not alerting authorities to a potential crime.
The prosecution lawyer has told the press that the evidence may make them reconsider charges, but said it is too early to determine whether Safia acted on “concrete” plans from the terror group. The defence has denied that Safia had direct links to Islamic State stating that the chat logs are “nonsense”.