A Syrian refugee who blew himself up Sunday night outside a music
festival in Germany had pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video, Bavaria's
interior minister said.
Fifteen people were injured — four of them seriously — in the blast, which occurred just two days after a gunman killed nine people at a mall in Munich.
The 27-year-old was turned away from the event
by security workers in Ansbach, a town of 40,000 people southwest of
Nuremberg that is also home to a U.S. Army base. He was wearing a
backpack carrying explosives and metal projectiles.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said
a video was found on the bomber's phone showing him pledging allegiance
to ISIS and announcing "revenge" against Germany "for standing in the
way of Islam."
Officials said the bomber's request for asylum in Germany was
rejected a year ago because he had already been granted leave to remain
by Bulgaria. The hotel where he had been staying was raided early Monday
by police looking for evidence.
Roman Fertinger, the deputy police chief in
nearby Nuremberg, said more casualties were likely if the bomber had
managed to enter the open-air concert venue....
Hermann said the man had been under psychiatric treatment after at least two previous suicide attempts.
"It's terrible...that someone who came into
our country to seek shelter has now committed such a heinous act and
injured a large number of people who are at home here, some seriously,"
he told a news conference.
"It's a further, horrific attack that will
increase the already growing security concerns of our citizens. We must
do everything possible to prevent the spread of such violence in our
country by people who came here to ask for asylum."
Ansbach mayor Carda Seidel said the bomber was
one of 644 refugees living in the town, and confirmed reports that he
was due to be deported back to Bulgaria imminently.
Earlier Sunday, another Syrian man seeking asylum
used a machete to kill a woman after an argument at the central Omnibus
station in Reutlingen, about 22 miles south of Stuttgart, local police
The 21-year-old attacker injured another woman and a man before he was arrested a few minutes later close to the crime scene.
Reutlingen is 130 miles west of Munich, where nine people were killed by an 18-year-old gunman in a city shopping center Friday."