Syr­ian blows him­self up in Bavar­ian bar

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A SYR­IAN refugee was killed set­ting off a bomb at a bar in south­ern Ger­many which also wounded a dozen other peo­ple, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day, the third at­tack to hit the state of Bavaria in a week.

The 27-year-old man, whose asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected a year ago, had been tar­get­ing a nearby pop mu­sic fes­ti­val, re­gional in­te­rior min­is­ter Joachim Her­rmann said. It was Ger­many’s first sui­cide bomb at­tack.

Some 2500 peo­ple were evac­u­ated from the con­cert af­ter the ex­plo­sion went off in front of the bar in the cen­tre of Ans­bach at about 10pm.

Po­lice blocked off the city cen­tre and emer­gency ser­vices were at the scene. Bomb ex­perts were sift­ing through the de­bris to de­ter­mine the cause of the blast.

“A bomb went off in the city cen­tre and a man, who the lat­est in­quiries show caused it, was killed in the event,” po­lice said in a state­ment.

A dozen peo­ple were wounded in the ex­plo­sion, three of them se­ri­ously, added a spokesper­son.

Michael Siefener, a spokesper­son for the re­gional in­te­rior min­istry, said the ex­plo­sion “was set off de­lib­er­ately”, adding that au­thor­i­ties were try­ing to es­tab­lish the ex­act cause.

The blast is the third in­ci­dent to hit the south­ern Ger­man state of Bavaria in a week, af­ter nine were killed in a shoot­ing ram­page in Mu­nich and sev­eral were wounded in an axe at­tack on a train.

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