Here we go again: suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany

A Syrian man has killed himself and injured 12 others after setting off an explosive device outside a music festival in the German town of Ansbach.
Authorities said the 27-year-old had been denied asylum a year ago and had a history of making attempts on his own life.

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.

At a media conference in the early hours of Monday the Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the man had attempted to gain entrance to the Ansbach open music festival.

More than 2,000 people had been in the crowd in the small town of 40,000 people south-west of Nuremberg that is also home to a US army base.

Herrmann said the man was carrying a backpack at the time of the blast, at about 10pm on Sunday, but was turned away at the entrance to the festival, where the performers were to have included Ian Anderson, frontman of defunct prog-rock band Jethro Tull.

The backpack contained metal items used in “wood manufacturing” and could have killed many more people, he said.

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Attacker who died in a blast outside a music festival in southern Germany injured 12 others, three seriously

Hermann did not specify whether these items were nails or screws but he said that because of the contents a terrorist motivation for the incident could not be ruled out.

However, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Ansbach said the attacker’s motive was unclear. “If there is an Islamist link or not is purely speculation at this point,” said the spokesman, Michael Schrotberger.

What is there left to say that hasn’t been said before?

We’ve done the sarcasm.

We’ve done the jokes.

We’ve done the grief.

 

UPDATE

Well, roger me with a wire brush, look at this

Official says attacker probably an Islamist

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said it likely that the attack was the work of an “Islamist” suicide bomber, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports.

It quotes him saying: “My personal opinion is that I unfortunately think it is very obvious that there has been a real Islamist suicide attack here. The obvious intent to kill more people, at least indicates an Islamist background.”

Earlier German MP Stephan Mayer, home affairs spokesman for Angela Merkel’s CDU, said there were “hints” that the attacker was an Islamist. He didn’t say what those hints were.

 

– The Guardian


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