German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere gives a press conference on July 20, 2016 in Berlin on the attack perpetrated in a regional train in Wuerzburg. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
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German authorities cast doubt Wednesday on whether a teenager who went on an axe rampage on a Bavarian train was really an Afghan refugee, saying he might have been from Pakistan.ISIS released a video Tuesday purportedly featuring the assailant announcing in Pashto he would carry out an "operation" in Germany, and presenting himself as a "soldier of the caliphate".De Maiziere noted however that both Afghanistan and Pakistan had Pashtun communities and said German authorities had received an application for family reunification from the teenager for relatives in Afghanistan.That attack was also claimed by ISIS without the assailant having clear ties to the group.A record 1.1 million migrants and refugees were let in to Germany last year, with Syrians making up the largest group followed by Afghans. The assailant had arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Germany in June 2015 and had been staying with a foster family in the region of the attack for the last two weeks.
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