Authorities have confirmed the attacker was a 27-year-old Syrian man who tried to claim asylum when he arrived in Germany two years ago.
His application was denied by the German government a year ago but he was allowed to stay in the country because of the ongoing chaos in his war-ravaged home nation.
He had tried to kill himself twice before last night’s explosion and had received psychiatric care while living in Germany.
At around 10.30pm local time the bomber, wearing a rucksack, attempted to gain access to the Ansbach Open music festival, but was turned away by a security guard.
He then travelled to the nearby Eugene’s Wine Bar, which is where the explosion took place, killing the attacker and injuring 12 others, three critically.
German interior minister Joachim Herrmann said the contents of his backpack could have killed many more people as it was stuffed with explosives and riddled with “wood manufacturing equipment”, such as nails and bolts.
Investigators are probing links to terrorist organisations and have not ruled out the possibility the bomber was an