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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.

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A 27-year-old Syrian refugee set off a suicide bomb on Sunday near a wine bar in Ansbach, Germany. Soon after, a French Twitter user posted a photo of a refugee taking a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The tweet said the man was the bomber.

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It said he committed the attack after having arrived in Germany two years ago and being "housed, fed, and paid" by the Merkel government.

That's not true.

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.

Modamani spoke with Deutsche Welle after the picture first circulated. He said he was "saddened" to see his photo connected with a terrorist act.

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 Deutsche Welle.

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