In the fourth attack in Germany this week, a Syrian refugee killed himself in a suicide bombing, injuring 15, four of them seriously
The 27 year old Syrian migrant detonated a suicide bomb in Ansbach, a small town in Southern Germany near Nürnberg in Northern Bavaria
The migrant was denied asylum, and would be sent back to Syria when the war ends.
Attacker pledged alegiance to ISIS
He had attempted suicide twice before.
The bomber was denied entry to a music festival by the security guard and blew himself up outside the event.
His bag was packed with nails and screws to inflict maximum damage.
The bomber was known to police, having previous offenses for drug crimes.
This has been the worst week imaginable for Germany. Yet another attack in the country that has been so welcoming to refugees.
Now, the refugees seem to be turning on the country that welcomed them, carrying out three attacks this week:
- Last Monday, an Afghan refugee attacked people on a train in Würzburg.
- On Sunday, a pregnant woman was murdered with a machete by a 21-year old Syrian asylum seeker in a small town near Stuttgart.
- And now the latest attack in Ansbach
These attacks come during the same week where an 18-year old German-Iranian killed 9 people in a shooting rampage at a shopping center in Munich.
The perpetrator is still unnamed, but he was a 27-year old Syrian, who had been living in Germany. He had applied for asylum, and was rejected a year ago. The policy of Germany is not to send rejected asylum seekers back into war zones, so he was able to continue to live in Germany. He would have been sent back once his area is declared to no longer be a war zone.
— Tommy Robinson News (@TRobinsonNews) July 25, 2016
The perpetrator attempted to gain entry to the Ansbach Open Music Festival, however he was denied entry since he had no ticket. He then waited around and detonated an explosive device hidden in his backpack. There was speculation whether the attack was yet another suicide attempt, but this was rejected as he had packed the bag with nails to inflict maximum damage.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 25, 2016
A mobile phone video showed the attacker pledging allegiance to ISIS and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In the video he says that the attack was revenge for Germany “getting in the way of Islam”.
— Michael S. Smith II (@MichaelSSmithII) July 25, 2016
Ansbach is a small town in Germany of 40,000 that is home to the U.S. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, as well, which has a military garrison three miles from the attack site.