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First Polish Suicide BOMBER?
August 28, 2015   
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A 28-year-old man of Polish origin was among terrorists who staged a suicide attack on a refinery in Iraq, the first case of its kind, the German media reported Aug. 10. The man, identified only as “Jacek S.”, allegedly drove one of the vehicles filled with explosives that entered the grounds of the Baiji refinery, around 200 km north of Baghdad. The June 13 attack left 11 people killed and 27 injured. Most of the victims were officers in Iraq’s security forces. The Polish-born suspect was killed on the spot.

Jacek S. came from the town of Miastko in Poland’s northern Pomerania region. He emigrated to Germany in 2005 at the age of 18, and lived in the city of Göttingen. He obtained German citizenship. According to authorities in Germany, he had minor run-ins with the law but had never been suspected of having ties with terrorists. In 2014, he unexpectedly converted to Islam. He is believed to have been recruited by the Islamic State via the internet.

According to his neighbors, after converting to Islam, he became slightly aggressive but aroused no suspicions. He changed his name to Ismail Slo and posted jihadist propaganda.

In the spring of this year, the man left Göttingen and, via Turkey, traveled to a part of Syria controlled by the Islamic State.

Meanwhile, Stanis³aw Wzi±tek, a deputy from the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) party and chairman of the parliamentary committee on special services, said this was the first case in which a person from Poland is believed to have staged a suicide attack after establishing ties with the Islamic State.

However, this is not the only instance of a person of Polish origin living in Germany being accused of having ties to Islamic radicals. In June, a 26-year-old woman identified only as “Karolina R.”, a resident of the German city of Bonn holding dual Polish and German citizenship and another convert to Islam, was sentenced by a court in Düsseldorf to three years and nine months in prison for supporting the Islamic State. According to German prosecutors, she raised funds for this purpose and transferred them to Syria. She was arrested in March 2014 and has since then been behind bars together with a two-year-old child by her husband, an Islamic State fighter in Syria. Her brother is believed to have been killed during attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq.
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