Saudi authorities have offered Berlin help in investigating two attacks claimed by Islamic State in Germany last month, officials from both countries said on Monday.

Authorities here said the terror militia abroad had not only inspired the attacks but appeared to have helped execute them by instructing both perpetrators in how to maximize casualties. The investigation had shown that IS members abroad had helped the perpetrators and that at least one of them had a Saudi cellphone number, a German official said.

The findings, derived from a probe of the perpetrators’ electronic devices, suggest a more deliberate campaign by IS to attack Germany than authorities had expected in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, which left several people wounded but claimed no casualties except the two perpetrators.

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