The suicide bomber who injured 12 people when he blew himself up at a German music festival was a Syrian Muslin man who was denied asylum in the country, officials have revealed.
The 27-year-old bomber is said to have detonated the explosive device near a music festival in Ansbach, near Nuremberg.
He is thought to have been turned away from the open-air event filled with 2,500 people, which may have been his intended target.
The blast tore through the busy area at around 10pm local time on Sunday. It comes as Germany remains on high alert in the wake of three other violent attacks across the country in just one week.
Germany’s interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, is being briefed and is on his way to the scene.
A spokesman for the Bavarian Interior Ministry said they are not aware of any arrests in connection with the explosion.
‘The explosion was set off deliberately,’ said Michael Siefener, a spokesman for the regional interior ministry, adding that authorities were trying to establish the exact cause.
The explosion went off outside the wine bar Eugens Weinstube, and large cordons have been put in place around the area while the emergency services work to establish what happened.
This comes amid heightened security measures in the country, as Germany reels from Friday’s Munich massacre that left nine dead and 27 injured and a terrorist axe attack on a Bavaria train last Monday that left two people fighting for their lives.
Just hours before the blast on Sunday, a Syrian refugee wielding a machete killed a pregnant woman and injured a man and another woman in Germany before being arrested by police after he was run over by a man driving a BMW.
The attack happened in the south western city of Reutlingen near a doner kebab stand in a bus station at Listplatz Square in what has been described as a ‘crime of passion’.
German media have been reporting that the motive for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear but the attacker and the 45-year-old Polish victim both worked at the same snack bar.
Two other people were injured.
And on Friday nine people were shot dead following a deadly rampage near a shopping centre in Munich.
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