According to Die Welt newspaper, Islamist sources say the 27-year-old Berliner named only as Fatil T., a and co-founder of a group called the “German Taliban Mujahideen” was killed recently by a US drone missile strike, although authorities say they cannot confirm it.
Fatil T. is said to have travelled to the Pakistan-Afghan region in 2009 after becoming radicalised as a university student. He changed from being a fun-loving teenager who drank alcohol and chased girls, to spending most of his time in mosques, according to Die Welt.
Although the young man sent relatives emails several months ago begging for financial help, he has not been heard from since, the newspaper reported.
Die Welt said Fail T. has appeared in propaganda videos in the past, including one in which he is seen gloating about allegedly shooting down a Pakistani helicopter.
A number of Germans have travelled in the past to Afghanistan and Pakistan to take up fighting against Western forces.
In September 2009, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported that officials had even found a “village” of extremists made up entirely of white Germans on the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier.