Amber travel alert issued for Germany following deadly shooting and suicide bomb attacks
- Written by arounddb, 25 July 2016
An asylum seeker has killed himself and injured 12 others in a suicide bomb attack in Ansbach, South West Germany.
The 27-year-old Syrian migrant had tried to enter a music festival in the city, but was turned away as he did not have a ticket. He then proceeded to target a nearby bar.
The attack comes less than a week after two separate incidents in the same region caused multiple casualties.
The first incident took place last Tuesday, when four Hong Kong tourists were injured in an axe and knife attack on a train near Wuerzberg.
Just three days later, a mass shooting at a Munich shopping centre claimed nine lives and left at least 25 injured. Most of the victims were teenagers, with the youngest aged just 14 years old.
Four Hong Kongers, who were at the mall at the time of the shooting, managed to get out safely and have contacted the Immigration Department for help. The department has confirmed that it will maintain close contact with the women, aged between 19 and 23, should they need further assistance.
The mall gunman has been named as 18-year-old German-Iranian David Ali Sonboly, who had reportedly been planning the attack for a year. Sonboly's body was later found nearby the mall. An autopsy has confirmed that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In the wake of the attacks, the Hong Kong Security Bureau has issued an amber outbound travel alert for travel to Germany. Visitors to the country are advised to exercise caution and avoid places where there are large gatherings.