25 July 2016
A failed Syrian asylum seeker killed himself and injured 12 other people after setting off a bomb near an open-air music festival in the German city of Ansbach, the bbc reports.
It quoted Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, as saying the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after being refused entry to the festival in the southern city.
About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion.
It was the third attack in the state of Bavaria in a week.
A shooting rampage in Munich on Friday left nine dead while an axe-wielding teenager was shot dead after injuring four people on a train a week ago in Wuerzburg.
The explosion is reported to have happened at about 22:10 (20:10 GMT) outside the Eugens Weinstube bar in the city centre which is a short distance from the entrance to the Ansbach Open music festival.
Police said three of the injured were in serious conditions.
Security services have sealed off the city centre and experts are trying to establish the kind of explosives the bomber used.
Herrmann said the suspected attacker had entered Germany two years ago and had his asylum claim rejected a year ago.
He had been given leave to stay temporarily given the situation in his home country and provided with an apartment in Ansbach, Mr Herrmann added.
The minister said he was “incensed” by the attack, which he said demonstrated the need “to strengthen controls on those we have living in our country”.
Mr Herrmann said the man was known to have attempted suicide twice before, adding: “We don’t know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others.”
He said the bomb in his backpack would have been sufficient to kill and injure many more people, however.