The Latest: Man who blew himself up known to police


ANSBACH, Germany (AP) — The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany in the past week (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

Officials say the man who blew himself up near a music festival in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, wounding 12 others, was known to police for low-level drug offenses.

Regional police spokeswoman Elke Schoenwald says the 27-year-old Syrian man had also twice before attempted suicide.

A team of 30 investigators are interviewing the man’s acquaintances and examining evidence collected from his home at a nearby asylum-seeker shelter.

Schoenwald said the unnamed man’s asylum application had been rejected a year ago, but he had been given temporary permission to remain in Germany.

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9:35 a.m.

An emergency response coordinator says paramedics working at a music festival in Ansbach were quick to react to the blast that killed the attacker and wounded 12 people in the Bavarian town late Sunday.

Dieter Seyerlein said medics were present with several ambulances “and could immediately start with primary care, and thus could give a very exact report on the situation, how big the deployment possibly would become.”

He said additional first responders were mobilized within half an hour.

Officials say a 27-year-old Syrian blew himself up after being turned away from an open-air music festival.

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9:30 a.m.

Police say a 27-year-old Syrian blew himself up in the outside seating area of a wine bar near an open-air concert in southern Germany, killing himself and injuring 12 — three of them severely.

Bavaria police said in a statement Monday morning that security staff noticed the man with the backpack near the entrance of the concert site in Ansbach, where some 2,500 people were listening to music bands on Sunday night around 9:45 p.m.

Police spokeswoman Elke Schoenwald said he was refused entry to the concert because he didn’t have a ticket. He then sat down on a chair outside the nearby restaurant. According to witness accounts he briefly leaned forward at 10:10 p.m. and then triggered the explosion.

Police on Monday morning raided a nearby asylum shelter where the attacker seems to have lived, according to other residents of the home.

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