Syrian Asylum Seeker Kills Self & Injures 12 In Germany

A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker has killed himself and injured 12 others after setting off an explosive device outside a music festival in the German town of Ansbach.

According to authorities, the 27-year-old had been denied asylum a year ago and had a history of making attempts on his own life. Three of those injured are in a serious condition.

It is believed a device he was carrying exploded although it is not clear whether it was a suicide bombing or whether the man intended to plant it and harm others.

The Syrian man detonated an explosive device at around 10pm local time on Sunday. He carried the bomb through a busy area in Ansbach, Bavaria, where the open air event was taking place.

The blast was initially thought to be a gas blast but the Mayor of Ansbach told reporters it is believed to be the result of an explosive device.

Ansbach police said they were alerted to an explosion in the city centre just after 10pm. It is understood that around 2,500 people may have been at the nearby music festival at the time.

After the explosion the area was evacuated and the music festival cancelled.

The explosion, which followed the killing on Friday of nine people by an 18-year-old gunman at a Munich shopping mall, and an axe attack on a train near Würzburg last Monday in which five people were wounded.

Both came shortly after a Tunisian man in a truck killed 84 people when he ploughed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, on the French Riviera.

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