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Suitcase bomb’ explodes next to migration office in German town of Zirndorf (4th attack in germany)


An explosion has been reported near a migration office in the town Zirndorf, near Nuremberg, in Germany.

The explosion was caused by a suitcase full of aerosols. It was not confirmed if there were any casualties.

Zirndorf has previously seen neo-Nazi marches.

German police reportedly said a man and a woman planted the suitcase as a makeshift bomb.

It comes amid heightened tension between refugees and locals in Germany due to a huge influx of asylum seekers from Syria and Afghanistan.

Last Sunday, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee blew himself up outside a bar in Bavaria in what was described as an attempted Islamist attack which injured twelve people.

On the same day, a pregnant woman was hacked to death by a Syrian man in the German town of Reutlingen. Police described the incident as a “crime of passion.”

And last week, a teenage refugee from Afghanistan attacked passengers on a regional train in Bavaria with an axe, seriously injuring four of them, after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in a video posted online.

The worst attack was carried out by a German-Iranian teenager who gunned down nine people outside a shopping centre in Munich on 22 July.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has faced a storm of criticism over her “open door” refugee policy, which brought more than one million asylum seekers to Germany last year.

In another incident, bathers at a nudist beach in northwest Germanysaid they were insulted and threatened by a group of “Mediterranean-looking men,” one of whom reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhbar” at them.

Staff at the Freibad Xantener Südsee said they were forced to call the police after the men refused to stop abusing naked bathers at the resort, which is near the town of Wesel.

Eyewitnesses told the German newspaper Rheinische Post that the group “looked Mediterranean,” had beards, and wore their hair long.

They are alleged to have shouted “Islamic remarks” including “Allahu Akhbar,” according to another German newspaper, Junge Freiheit.

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