[UPDATED] ‘Deliberate explosion’ at German music festival injures 12
12 people were injured following the “deliberate explosion” of a homemade bomb at the entrance to a music festival in Ansbach, Germany at 10pm local time, July 24. The festival had approximately 2,500 attendees.
The bomber was identified as a Syrian national whose request for asylum in Bavaria was denied, though he was allowed to stay in the German state due to the ongoing civil war in Syria.
The 27-year-old man set off the bomb, which was loaded with nails and screws to increase its deadliness, after being denied entrance into the festival. A spokesman for the regional interior ministry, Michael Siefner, stated that bomber’s motives were unclear. The Syrian national died in the attack.
This attack is the latest in a harrowing week for Germany that saw a man attack individuals with an axe on train July 18 and a deadly attack on a Munich shopping center July 22 that left nine deceased.
Update: 1:15pm EST: CNN has confirmed that 15 people were injured in the attack, which has now officially been declared a suicide bombing. CNN has also confirmed that the assailant left behind a video pledging allegiance to ISIS before the attack.
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