A special police officer examines the scene after an explosion occurred in Ansbach, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016. 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 was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Photo: Matthias Schrader
Photo: Matthias Schrader

Syrian man detonates bomb near German music festival

The man reportedly tried to get into a music festival in Ansbach but was turned away for not having a ticket. The bomb exploded near the entrance. Roughly 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the attack seems to be Germany's first suicide bombing in years. The attacker's motivations and possible connections were not immediately clear.

The Associated Press reported a video found on the bomber's phone showed him pledging allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group, citing Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria's top security official.

He was denied asylum in Germany about a year ago but allowed to stay temporarily because of the conflict in Syria. He'd been given accommodations in Ansbach but was facing deportation to Bulgaria.

The attacker is said to have spent time in a psychiatric clinic in the past and had attempted suicide at least two other times. Three of the 12 victims were seriously injured by the blast.

Germany has been hit by several possible terrorist attacks over the past week, including attacks on a train near Würzburg and at a mall in Munich.

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