12 people are reported to be severely wounded because of the explosion.
The German Foreign Minister stated that the perpetrator had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in Germany about a year ago. He had been allowed to remain in Germany due to the situation in Syria.
The young man had attempted to enter the festival grounds which had up to 2500 people but had been not allowed to due to his backpack which made him appear suspicious. A few minutes later an explosion took place at a nearby restaurant.
German officials are reluctant to call this a terrorist attack since the man’s previous history of suicide attempts raises questions about his motives.