Germany blast: Syrian man dies in explosion near Ansbach music festival, 10 others injured

Berlin: Police in the southern German city of Ansbach said a man was killed when an explosive device
he was believed to be carrying went off near an open-air music festival, injuring 10 others.

"A man, according to our current knowledge the perpetrator, died" in the blast they said in the short
statement.

Fire trucks and ambulances stand in Ansbach near Nuremberg on Monday. AP

Fire trucks and ambulances stand in Ansbach near Nuremberg on Monday. AP

The DPA news agency reported that the nearby open-air concert with some 2,500 in attendance was shut down as a precaution after the explosion.

The city's mayor, Carda Seidel, told reporters that an "explosive device" blew up in the city center but provided few other details.

Bavaria's top security official said that the man who blew himself up after being turned away from an open-air music festival in the southern German city of Ansbach was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum.

"We don't know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others," Joachim Herrmann said.

He added that the man's request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but he was allowed to remain in Germany on account of the situation in Syria.

The Bavarian Interior Ministry told DPA that it appeared to possibly be a bombing attack, saying that there was evidence that there was a "deliberate explosion."

The website for a group of local newspapers, nordbayern.de, reported that none of the 10 injured were in
life-threatening condition.

Germany, and Bavaria in particular, are 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.


Updated Date: Jul 25, 2016 07:55 AM

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