German teenage girl who seriously injured a police officer in a stabbing inspired by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) told a British friend of the planned attack in advance, it has emerged.
The 15-year-old, named only as Safia S under German privacy laws, is in prison awaiting trial for the February attack, in which she stabbed a police officer in the neck in Hannover station.
“I'm going to surprise the infidels, if you know what I mean,” she reportedly wrote to a British friend in an internet chat ahead of the attack.
“U know Popcorn. It blows up,” she added in a message accompanied with smileys. The British girl has not been named, but is believed to be also in her teens. She has been identified only by her online chat name of “Ameena”. It is not clear if this is also her real name.
Her involvement emerged in a report for Spiegel magazine which cited sources close to the German police investigation.
Both girls planned to travel to Syria to join Isil but “Ameena” backed out, according to the report. Safia S attempted to reach Syria but was prevented by her mother, who followed her to Turkey and brought her back to Germany.
Safia S, the child of a German father who converted to Islam and a Moroccan mother, is believed to have been radicalised in Germany. In January she forged permission from her father to travel alone and flew to Istanbul. She was expecting to meet Ameena there but the British girl did not turn up.
“Sister, I was so bad, forgive me for Allah's sake,” Ameena wrote to her. “I'm confused and paranoid and thought you weren’t serious.”
“Please come, sister,” Safia S wrote. “I don’t want to be alone here.”
After her mother came to Istanbul to take her home, Safia S wrote to a male friend in Germany talking of her intention to carry out a “martyr operation in Germany”. “Brother, I spoke with people from Syria, high officials in the [Isil] government,” she wrote. “They told me, it’s more effective.”
Safia S has denied she was planning to join Isil. She told police investigators she had gone to Turkey “on holiday” and “did not care for” the jihadists.
She has apologised for the attack. She claimed she had “no idea” why she had attacked the police officer. She said she felt “watched” and discriminated against as a Muslim, and “overreacted”.