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Ansbach explosion: Syrian asylum seeker blows himself up in Germany


A failed Syrian asylum seeker has blown himself up and injured 15 other people with a backpack bomb near a festival in the south German town of Ansbach.

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

About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion.

It is the third violent attack in Bavaria in a week. The state’s premier described it as “days of horror”.

Bavaria has been on edge since a knife attack on a train last week that so-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind.

On Friday a gun attack killed nine in Munich.

The Ansbach blast took place at 22:10 (20:10 GMT) on Sunday evening, 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.

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