Germany: Music festival attacked by suicide bomber

15 August 2016

ansbach open germany
A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside an open air music festival in the southern German town of Ansbach on 24 July 2016 after security guards turned him away for not having a ticket, reported The Guardian on 25 July 2016.

The incident happened on the final evening of the three-day Ansbach Open music festival that drew a crowd of 2,500 people. The blast killed the man and injured twelve bystanders, three of them seriously.

The man had been seeking asylum in the country, but was due to be deported to Bulgaria, his first point of entry into the EU. Before detonating the explosives in his backpack, the bomber left a message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, reported the BBC on 12 August 2016.

Photo from the event’s Facebook page


» BBC – 12 August 2016:
Germany ‘was warned about Ansbach suicide bomber’

» The Guardian – 25 July 2016:
Ansbach blast: Syrian asylum seeker kills himself and injures 12 in Germany

» The Telegraph – 25 July 2016:
Ansbach explosion: Syrian refugee bomber was due to be deported, as country faces calls to review refugee policy

» Al Jazeera – 25 July 2016:
Germany: Twelve wounded in Ansbach bombing

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