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Syrian Kills Woman in Germany in 'Crime of Passion'; Ansbach Bombing Linked to Terrorism

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In this grab taken from a video, police arrest a man in Reutilingen, Germany, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (NONSTOP NEWS via AP) Inset: A backpack lies at the entrance of a building in Ansbach, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 11:51 AM

A Syrian refugee killed a woman in Reutlingen, Germany, in what appears to have been a crime of passion Sunday, the same day a second Syrian asylum-seeker blew himself up and injured 15 others near a music festival in Ansbach, Germany in two incidents that, despite their similarities, appear non-related.

Authorities said the attack in Reutlingen began after an argument between the 21-year-old suspect and a 45-year-old pregnant woman, according to the Daily Mail. The attack, which occurred at Listplatz Square, has been described by police as a "crime of passion."

German media reported that the machete attack happened near a Turkish fast food restaurant where both the suspect and the victim worked, the Daily Mail noted. Witnesses told authorities that the two were arguing before the fatal attack around 4:30 p.m. local time.

The suspect, who was not named, then allegedly turned on a 51-year-old woman and cut her arms, and then slashed a 23-year-old man in the face before he was hit by a car, which knocked him to the ground where police detained him, according to German media outlets.

In Ansbach, a 27-year old Syrian man who had been denied asylum in Germany blew himself up outside of a music festival, Reuters reported. Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann called the incident a "real Islamic suicide attack," according to the German newspaper Die Welt.

Herrmann told Reuters that the dead suspect was treated twice for trying to kill himself before Sunday's attack. He said, according to The Guardian, that a video found on the suspect's cellphone confirmed the motivation for the attack was terrorism.

"A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name of Allah, and testifying his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a famous Islamist leader, an act of revenge against the Germans because they're getting in the way of Islam," Herrmann said a news conference Monday.

"I think that after this video there's no doubt that the attack was a terrorist attack with an Islamist background," he added.

The Associated Press announced on Twitter Monday that the Islamic State had officially claimed responsibility for the incident.


Of the 15 people injured in the explosion, four are in critical condition, according to The Guardian.

The suspect had reportedly been denied asylum a year ago and was issued a deportation order to Bulgaria on July 13, The Guardian noted. A previous deportation order for the suspect was suspended because of mental issues, the U.K. newspaper said.

Reuters stated that more than a million refugees have come to Germany over the past year to escape war in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

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A Syrian refugee killed a woman in Reutlingen, Germany, in what appears to have been a crime of passion Sunday, the same day a second Syrian asylum-seeker blew himself up and injured 15 others near a music festival in Ansbach, Germany.
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