‘Suitcase bomb’ explodes near Muslim migration office outside Nuremberg as Germany remains on high alert over ISIS terrorism fears
A suitcase bomb has exploded near a migration office on the outskirts of Nuremberg, in Germany, today.
A loud blast rocked Zirndorf this afternoon and local reports suggested the device was a suitcase packed with aerosol cans.
Witnesses said they heard a loud bang about 200 metres away from the migration centre before finding a burning suitcase in an allotment nearby.
Police officers were seen standing in an alleyway next to a partially destroyed bag. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.
Police said they were looking for two people believed to have planted the device – a man in his 30s with a Mediterranean appearance and a woman believed to be aged about 25.
The explosion is the latest terrifying incident to hit Germany in recent days and comes barely 24 hours after a priest was brutally murdered by a pair of ISIS extremists in northern France.
Security services were seen evacuating the area minutes after the blast in Zirndorf at 2.15pm local time (1.15pm BST).
German police say they have deployed officers near a refugee accommodation center and a branch of the country’s office for asylum seekers.
A statement from police said the public were never in danger but said officers were looking for two people in connection with the blast.
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