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Herrmann: Suicide Bomber at German Music Festival Was Syrian Asylum-Seeker

Joachim Herrmann, left, is the top security official in Bavaria.
Joachim Herrmann, left, is the top security official in Bavaria.

Joachim Herrmann, left, is the top security official in Bavaria.

Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s top security official, announced Monday the 27-year-old man who blew himself up in southern Germany, was a Syrian asylum seeker. However, the man failed to get asylum in Germany and, in a video before the attack, pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State (ISIS).

The 27-year-old set off explosives he was carrying in a backpack at a bar shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday near an open-air music festival, wounding 12 other people. He was first refused entry to the festival in Ansbach because he didn’t have a ticket.

An initial translation of the Arabic-language video found on the bomber’s phone revealed it was a “revenge” attack against Germany, according to Herrmann. He told reporters the video strongly suggested the bombing was a “terrorist attack.”

Twice government officials ordered the deportation of the man and, most recently, he was told on July 13 that he would be deported to Bulgaria. A spokesman for Germany’s interior ministry Tobias Plate told reporters the first deportation notice was issued on Dec. 22, 2014.

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