A 21-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete Sunday in the southwest German city of Reutlingen in an incident local police said did not bear the hallmarks of a “terrorist attack.”
“At this stage of the inquiry we have nothing to indicate this was a terrorist attack,” police said following the attack around 4:30 pm (1430 GMT) near the bus station of the city of some 100,000 near Stuttgart.
The statement added that the man, who was arrested, “had a dispute” with the woman and killed her “with a machete” before injuring a second woman and a man.
The attacker was “known to police,” it said.
“According to the information available, the perpetrator acted alone, the people of Reutlingen and its surroundings are very probably not in danger,” the statement added
Bavaria’s interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after being refused entry to the festival in the southern city.
About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion.
It is the third attack in the state of Bavaria in a week.
The explosion is reported to have happened at about 22:10 (20:10 GMT) outside the Eugens Weinstube bar in the city centre which is a short distance from the entrance to the Ansbach Open music festival.
Police said three of the injured were in a serious condition.
Security services have sealed off the city centre and experts are trying to establish the kind of explosives the bomber used.