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    German Justice Minister Urges Probe Into Refugee's Motives in Axe Attack

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    German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said that the motives of the axe attack by an Afghan refugee in the state of Bavaria should be fully investigated.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – Germany has not experienced acts of terrorism prior to the axe attack by an Afghan refugee in the state of Bavaria, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday, urging an investigation into the motives of the crime.

    "The motives of the crime should be fully investigated. It is difficult to keep a loner, who has not colluded with third parties, from committing the crime in a timely matter. We have been able to do it until now. There were no terrorist attacks in Germany until now," Maas said in a short statement televised by the N24 broadcaster.

    The Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group claimed that the 17-year-old Afghan refugee, shot dead by police in Wurzburg after wounding up to five train passengers late Monday, acted on the terrorist group’s behalf. A hand-drawn Daesh flag was found in the suspect's room, the regional interior minister confirmed, and additional evidence linking him to the terrorist group was reportedly uncovered.

    The Daesh is outlawed in the Russia and numerous other nations.

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