Suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany: What we know so far

Published July 26th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Policemen stand at a crime scene in Tiefenthal-Leutershausen near Ansbach, southern Germany. (AFP/File)
Policemen stand at a crime scene in Tiefenthal-Leutershausen near Ansbach, southern Germany. (AFP/File)

A Syrian migrant who blew himself up outside a music festival venue in the Bavarian town of Ansbach on Sunday night pledged allegiance to the Daesh extremist group in a video found on his phone.

- The 27-year-old vowed to take "revenge against the Germans for obstructing Islam," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann said.

- Daesh claimed he was one of its "soldiers."

- Federal prosecutors have taken over the investigation; they suspect the bomber was a member of Daesh.

- The man from Aleppo in northern Syria came to Germany in August 2014. He was denied asylum and was due for deportation to Bulgaria.

- Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the deportation had been suspended because of his "psychological instability."

- 15 people were wounded in the attack.

- About 2,500 people were at the festival.

- The explosive device was in his rucksack and he set it off after being denied entry to the venue because he did not have a ticket.

- The suspect had tried to kill himself on two prior occasions and had received treatment at a psychiatric clinic.

- He was known to police for drug-related and other crimes.

- Police raided his refugee hostel and found bomb-making items such as hydrochloric acid and material related to Salafism.

- A suspected accomplice, who had claimed to have known him only in his capacity as a translator, was arrested.

 


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