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 when he detonated an explosive device after he was denied entry to the event in Ansbach, Bavaria, attended by around 2,500 people, the Bavarian interior minister said.
“We don’t know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others,” Joachim Herrmann said, adding that three of the 12 victims suffered serious injuries.
Mr Herrmann said that the contents of a backpack that the man was carrying would have been sufficient to kill and injure many more people.
He added that the man’s request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but he was allowed to remain in Germany on account of the situation in Syria and that he had attempted suicide on two occasions. He had arrived in Germany two years earlier and was living in the Bavarian city.
A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Ansbach said the attacker’s motive wasn’t clear.