A Syrian, who had his asylum request rejected, have blown himself up and injured 12 other persons with a backpack bomb in the southern German town of Ansbach, according to reports out of Europe.

 

The 27-year-old man, who faced deportation back to Bulgaria, detonated the device after being refused entry to the music festival, Bavarian officials say.

Thousands were evacuated after the explosion.

Bavaria has been on edge since a knife rampage on a train claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) last Monday.

The Ansbach blast is reported to have happened at about 22:10 (20:10 GMT) outside the Eugens Weinstube bar in the centre of the town, which has a population of 40,000 and is home to a US military base.

A witness, Thomas Debinski, reported "panic" after the explosion, although some people had thought it was caused by a gas explosion.

"Then people came past and said it was a rucksack that had exploded," he told Sky News.

According to police reports, three injured in the explosion are in a serious condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published by Merife Obinna