Germany Didn’t Deport Psychotic ISIS Suicide Bomber Because Syria Is Too Dangerous

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Germany’s interior ministry failed to forcibly deport the psychotic Syrian terrorist responsible for Sunday’s suicide bombing in Ansbach because officials felt sending him home would put him in danger.

“Due to the situation in Syria, he was not deported. In spite of the rejected application, he was given exceptional leave to remain,” Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Sky News on Monday. Ansbach is located inside the German state of Bavaria.

Germany could not deport the deranged terrorist because the conflict in Syria was too dangerous, according to German interior ministry spokesman Tobias Plate. German authorities had previously known that the Syrian attacker had serious psychiatric problems, including suicidal tendencies.

“Syrians cannot be deported to Syria at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that Syrians overall cannot be deported,” Plate told reporters Monday. “The Syrian in Ansbach was facing deportation and this was to Bulgaria.”

The Ansbach attacker reportedly had initially applied for and received asylum in Bulgaria, but decided to attack Germany out of revenge for having his asylum application rejected. He pledged himself to the Islamic State before committing the attack, according to a video recording found on his cell phone. The attacker was only able to kill himself during the suicide bombing near an Ansbach wine bar, though he did injure approximately 15 bystanders.

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