German Officials Believe Berlin Islamist Killed in Pakistan
A second homegrown Islamist from Germany appears to have been killed in fighting in Pakistan, SPIEGEL has reported. Danny R., a 21-year-old from Berlin, first traveled to Pakistan via Istanbul on Sept. 2, 2009 together with another Islamist. There, he joined a group of insurgents in the porous border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan that has been a hotbed of Taliban and terrorist activity.
(“homegrown” happens when young Westerners grow up among Mohammedans. An obvious reason to stop the settlement Â and spread of Islam behind enemy lines./ed)
German security officials have obtained information suggesting that the man was killed several days ago in Waziristan. The news comes just days after word of theÂ death of Eric Breininger, a German-born convert to Islam who had been wanted by German police on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist cell.
Danny R., who would have turned 22 on May 1, was born in Berlin but had Dutch citizenship. He renamed himself “Elias” after his conversion to Islam and belonged to a group of radical Muslims in Berlin who claimed they wanted to wage jihad, according to officials.
From Footballer to Jihadist
Danny R. had played for a while for the soccer team BFC Alemannia 1890 in the German capital before suddenly disappearing. Authorities are currently investigating whether Danny R. died at the end of April together with Breininger, who was from the western state of Saarland, and a man born in Salzgitter near Hanover named Ahmet M. According to statements made by associates of the men, four jihadists had been traveling in a car near the city of Mir Ali in Pakistan, when they were stopped and then killed during an exchange of gunfire with soldiers.
Only a few days later, Breininger’sÂ alleged memoirs were posted on the Internet. In them, he describes his conversion and his transformation into a fervent Islamist. German security officials believe the work to be authentic and are now monitoring the impact of the latest developments on the Islamist scene in Germany. Will the deaths dissuade other German converts considering making the journey to Pakistan? Or will the war reports merely serve to attract other volunteers fascinated by the stories?
In Berlin alone last September, in addition to Danny R. and his wife, two otherÂ young couples made their way to Waziristan. And in recent years, at least six militant Islamists from Germany are known to have died in the Hindu Kush mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- Eric Breininger’s Death: The Memoirs of a German Jihadist (05/05/2010)
- Homegrown Terrorists: German Jihadist Eric Breininger Killed in Pakistan, Group Claims (05/03/2010)
- The Third Generation: German Jihad Colonies Sprout Up in Waziristan (04/05/2010)
- Terror Investigation: German Islamist Resurfaces by Video from Afghanistan (10/22/2008)