Syrian blows himself up in Bavarian bar
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.