Explosion Rocks German Immigration Centre
An immigration centre in German city, Nuremberg was on Wednesday hit by an explosion believed to have resulted from the detonation of a suitcase bomb.
Germany has been on the edge in recent weeks following repeated terrorist attacks, responsibility for some of which has been claimed by global terror network, Islamic State (ISIS).
According to the Express, the explosion occurred near the Federal Office for Migration in Zirndorf, Bavaria, where the cases of newly arrived refugees are processed.
Media reports in Germany indicate that a suitcase packed with highly flammable aerosol cannisters was detonated around 200 yards away from the building.
Security operatives were immediately deployed to the scene with police operations said to still be ongoing, according to a police spokeswoman.
According to her, witnesses had heard a loud bang and discovered a burning suitcase on a footpath near the immigration centre.
German media reported that police carried out a raid just yards from the reception centre on Wednesday.
Residents fled the scene in panic as a huge bang ripped through the quiet neighbourhood.
The German interior ministry on Wednesday afternoon however described the explosion as “small” and said that nobody had been injured.
Bavaria, in southern Germany, is described as the entry route for more than a million migrants and refugees who have flooded into the country over the last 18 months.
Many have been settled in small towns across the region, with most being housed in reception centres at first before being found more permanent accommodation.
Wednesday’s explosion at the immigration centre comes on the heels of at least four other terror attacks in just over a week. A doctor died after being shot in a Berlin hospital on Tuesday.
The string of violent attacks started when an axeman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS) hacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg last Monday.
Then, in two separate attacks on Sunday, an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up at a music festival in Ansbach, while a refugee killed a pregnant woman during a machete attack in Reutlingen.
Last Friday a German-Iranian gunman went on rampage in the Bavaria’s biggest city, Munich, shooting crowds at a shopping centre before turning the gun on himself.
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