Germany was rocked by yet another terrorist attack on Sunday night when a Syrian refugee blew himself up outside a wine bar in the city of Ansbach.
According to The Express, the 27 year-old Muslim blew himself up after he was denied entry to the nearby Ansbach Open music festival. Germany’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann said that the refugee was known to police, and that though he had lived in Germany for two years, he had been denied asylum last year. He had tried to commit suicide twice before and had spent time in mental health facilities.
One person was killed and 12 were injured in the attack, three of the injured now being in critical condition.
“It is terrible that someone abuses the opportunity to find protection here in such a way. I am appalled by that,” Hermann said. “We have to do all we can so that such violence in our country committed by asylum seekers who have come to our country will not spread any further.”
Witness Thomas Debinski said that he was initially told the “disturbing” attack was a gas explosion.
“People were definitely panicking, the rumour we were hearing immediately was that there had been a gas explosion,” he recounted. “But then people came past and said it was a rucksack that had exploded. Someone blew themselves up. After what just happened in Munich it’s very disturbing to think what can happen so close to you in such a small town.”
We will update you further as this story develops.