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Policemen block the scene of a shooting with a large section of the surrounding area in Munich, Germany, Saturday, July 23, 2016. An 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald's Friday night, killing several people and wounding more than a dozen people before killing himself, the chief of police in the Bavarian capital said. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

German official: Attacker killed in explosion was previously denied asylum


Top security official says attacker had been denied asylum [UPDATE: 9:46 p.m.] 

A top security official said the Ansbach, Germany, attacker was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum in the country. 

The official added that the attacker detonated the explosive after being denied entry into an open-air music festival. 

One person was killed and at least 12 others were injured in an explosion at a bar in the southern city of Ansbach, Germany, according to the BBC. 

At this point, there are conflicting reports about the cause of the explosion, but the city's mayor has said an "explosive device" is to blame. 

Police have sealed off the area near Eugene's Wine Bar and Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said he is en route to the scene. 

Police in the city of Ansbach said a man, who they believe may have been carrying an explosive device, was killed when the device detonated near an open-air music festival. 

Ansbach police said the incident happened just after 10 p.m. Sunday. 

This comes just days after a shooting rampage in Munich left nine dead. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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