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Suicide bomber denied asylum in Germany wounds 12 people during blast at music festival

Suicide bomber denied asylum in Germany wounds 12 people during blast at music festival

A 27-year-old Syrian denied asylum and entry to a German music festival in Ansbach took his own life and wounded a dozen people in a suicide bombing late Sunday.

The blast rocked an entrance to the Ansbach Open festival near a wine bar in the Bavarian city 90 miles northwest of Munich. The attacker seriously wounded three people at around 10 p.m., authorities said.

Police believe the attacker acted alone and detonated the device when he was unable to produce a ticket, according to Der Spiegel.

He was also identified as a refugee denied asylum in Germany in 2015. He had spent at least two years in Germany instead of returning to his war-torn country and authorities intended to deport him to Bulgaria.

Originally believed to be a gas explosion, the Ansbach mayor Carda Seidel said the blast was set off by a device, the Nordbayern reported.

“At present we assume it is not an accident,” a spokesman for the Bavarian interior minister told reporters.

The explosion canceled the remaining events on day three of the open-air festival as a precaution. Up to 2,500 visitors were evacuated from the concerts.

Germany is on edge after a deadly rampage at a Munich mall on Friday in which nine people were killed and an ax attack on a train near Wuerzburg last Monday in which five people were wounded. ( Nydailynews)


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