A suicide bomber who blew himself up after being turned away from a music festival in southern Germany was a Syrian man who had been denied asylum.The 27-year-old killed himself and injured 12 others, three of them seriously, when he detonated an explosive device near a bar in central Ansbach on Sunday evening.
Around 2,500 people were evacuated from a nearby open-air music event where the attacker, who had been in Germany for more than a year, tried to gain entry. Witnesses of the incident described seeing a rucksack explode, killing the man.
As they launched a probe local officials said it would be “purely speculation” whether the attack was linked to Islamic extremism.
The attack comes as Germany reels from Friday’s massacre in Munich that left nine dead and dozens injured.
It is the third attack to hit Bavaria in a week, following an IS-inspired axe rampage by a teenager on Monday.
Police were alerted to a blast near the festival shortly after 10pm, with initial reports suggesting the incident was a gas explosion.
Around 200 police officers and 350 rescue personnel flooded the scene and investigators later confirmed the blast had been caused by a bomb.