Syrian refugee detonates suicide bomb at music festival near US Army base in Germany

On Sunday night, a terrorist killed himself with a suicide bomb outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany -injuring at least 12 people.

The bomber’s name has not been released, but according to NBC he is a 27-year-old Syrian man who was denied asylum.  The bomber was apparently denied asylum over a year ago, but allowed to stay due to the situation in Syria.

According to Middle Franconian regional police, the blast occurred at around 10 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) outside the music festival.  A local newspaper reported the refugee attempted to enter the festival but was turned away for not having a ticket.

During a new conference Monday morning, the interior minister of Bavaria, Joachin Herrmann said, twelve people have been reported injured -three of whom are in serious condition.

“My personal view is that I unfortunately think it’s very likely this really was an Islamist suicide attack,” Herrmann told Germany’s DPA news agency.

A spokesman for the Nuremberg police told NBC news the explosion was an “international act” carried out by one person. No other suspects are being pursued.

Local police originally reported the incident as an accident that occurred when a “tan German man” accidentally set off his “diversity fireworks” too early -killing himself.

32-year-old Thomas Trzybinski, a supervisor for a security contractor which guards U.S. Army installations in Ansbach, said he was near the explosion when it went off.

“It was like boom, boom, boom, boom, and it was so loud it was like, ‘Oh, my God, what was that?'” Trzybinksi said to NBC news.

United States Army Garrison Ansbach -located in Ansbach Germany- is home to the U.S. Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Bridgade.

The base issued the following statement via Facebook this morning:

“There was an incident in downtown Ansbach late Sunday evening, and parts of the city of Ansbach have been evacuated. An investigation is currently underway. As the more details become available or further instructions become necessary, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach will inform community members through command information channels.”

The base urged all personnel, including servicemembers, U.S. and local civilian workforce, and contractors  to conduct a 100-percent-accountability check.  They also stated all personell should expect delays when entering and exiting the base as they security measureshave been increased.

According to Stripes, no U.S. service members have been reported injured from the blast.

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