The head of the German Federal police, JÃ¶rg Ziercke, told the magazine Focus that â€“ based on first interrogations of one the subjects who is held in Lebanon â€“ the â€œinitial detonationâ€� for the plans was the publication of the caricatures of Prophet Mohammad in the German press.
â€œYoussef el Hajdib, who was arrested in Kiel, understood this as an attack of the Western world on Islamâ€�, Ziercke is quoted as saying.
By accident, one of the bombers was later on discovered on footage of a local TV station that showed him during a demonstration in Kiel, a city in Northern Germany, in February, protesting the publication of the caricatures in German papers. On the footage, he is walking right next to the leader of the demonstration.
I find this interesting, as I have rarely read something on specific motives of Islamist terrorists beyond a general rejection of the West, as well as the specific events that radicalized them.
Ziercke adds that the death of el Zarkawi in Iraq on 7 June further encouraged the terrorists to carry out their plans.
Luckily, they didnâ€™t manage to build their bombs (which didnâ€™t explode anyways due to errors in their technical design) in time for the soccer world cup.