Police: Bavarian official says attacker was denied asylum

A police officer with a machine gun stands guards early Monday in Ansbach, Germany. Daniel Karmann / EPA (Courtesy NBCNews.com)

UPDATE:

ANSBACH, Germany (AP) – Bavaria’s top security official says a man who blew himself up after being turned away from an open-air music festival in the southern German city of Ansbach was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum.

“We don’t know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others,” Joachim Herrmann said.

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.

Twelve people were injured in the explosion, which came two days after a man went on a deadly rampage at a Munich mall, killing nine people, and after an ax attack on a train near Wuerzburg last Monday wounded five.

BERLIN (AP) – Police in the southern German city of Ansbach say a man was killed when an explosive device he was believed to be carrying went off near an open-air music festival, injuring 10 people.

Ansbach police said in a statement early Monday that just after 10 p.m. Sunday they were alerted to an explosion in the city center.

They said that “a man, according to our current knowledge the perpetrator, died” in the blast.

Ansbach police could not immediately be reached for further comment.

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