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Published on : Monday, July 25, 2016
A suicide bomber blew himself and injured 12 others, near a German music festival. The suicide bomber is a Syrian man who was denied asylum in the country. He detonated the explosive outside a packed wine bar in Ansbach, near Nuremberg.
The intended target of the 27-year old bomber was an open air event which was filled with 2500 people. He is thought to have turned away from the place due to lack of ticket and hence he detonated the bomb outside the wine bar.
The blast tore through the busy area around 10 pm local time on Sunday, when it was filled with tourists and local people.
It comes as Germany remains on high alert in the wake of three other violent attacks across the country in just one week. The attack comes as Germany reels from Friday’s massacre in Munich that left nine dead and dozens injured.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said his backpack contained screws and nails, an apparent attempt to inflict further damage.
Officially this attack is not confirmed as terrorism, he said, but there are strong indications it may be. Police said he may have planned the attack for a year.
As a precaution, the music festival was cancelled, with thousands of revellers evacuated.
Investigators have appealed for any mobile phone footage taken at the scene of the attack, following similar appeals by Munich detectives who made their first arrest in connection with Friday’s atrocity on Sunday.