March 28, 2008 / 11:50 PM / 12 years ago

German police-bomber video may radicalise Islamists

WIESBADEN, Germany (Reuters) - The head of Germany’s Federal Crime Office (BKA) said on Friday a video which appears to show Germany’s first Muslim suicide bomber in Afghanistan might radicalise Islamists in Germany.

Spiegel Online has published a video allegedly from the Taliban showing a man of Turkish origin who grew up in the state of Bavaria. He is suspected of involvement in a suicide attack this month on a compound used by NATO and Afghan forces which caused several casualties.

The recording showed 28-year-old Cuneyt Ciftci and several other men planning the attack, studying plans, carrying chemicals and constructing an improvised bomb.

“We think the video could produce an imitation effect,” BKA President Joerg Ziercke told a conference in the western city of Wiesbaden. “We share the concern that it will have a stimulating effect on fanatics, also in Germany.”

He added, however, that it was not yet clear whether the man was in fact the perpetrator and the BKA was still trying to identify the body of the killer.

The video showed the man in question, but did not picture him directly carrying out the attack at the beginning of March in eastern Afghanistan.

One picture in the video obtained by Spiegel Online shows Ciftci at the wheel of the car with the bomb and at the end of the video he is seen praying next to the car.

A few frames later, the attack on the Sabari District Centre in the province of Khost is shown.

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