A Syrian Refugee Took A Selfie With Angela Merkel And Now He Keeps Getting Accused Of Terrorism
His photo first circulated after the Brussels bombings, and now he's been accused of committing the Ansbach suicide attack.
The man in the photo is a Syrian refugee named
Anas Modamani. He fled Damascus last year and now lives in Berlin. This is actually the second time Modamani has been falsely accused of committing a terrorist attack.
Many far-right accounts mistook Modamani for Najim Laachraoui, one of the people behind the Brussels bombings.
spoke with after the picture first circulated. He said he was "saddened" to see his photo connected with a terrorist act. Deutsche Welle
When contacted by BuzzFeed News, he referred us to the interview he gave to
Deutsche Welle and declined to comment further.
Modamani has been living with a foster family in Berlin and is taking German language classes. He recently posted on Facebook to say he is looking for other people to study German with him.
He's currently awaiting a response to his request for asylum in Germany, according to