'Detonation' Near Migration Office In Germany

A "detonation incident" has been confirmed by police near a reception centre for migrants in Zirndorf, Germany.

Witnesses reported an explosion but police said in a statement that they had arrived at the scene to find a burning suitcase, at around 1.15pm UK time.

There was no indication that explosives were detonated and the fire may have been caused by a spray can inside the suitcase, they said.

On their official Twitter account, they added: "no explosion, no injuries".

The BR24 news website reported witnesses as saying several men ran away from the scene after the blast.

Police are now searching for the owners of the suitcase and issued descriptions of a man aged around 30 and a woman of about 25 who were believed to have been seen with the suitcase.

Zirndorf is near Nuremburg

Pictures of the scene outside the migrant centre in Bavaria appeared to show debris in an alleyway.

The incident came just days after a Syrian with suspected links to Islamic State blew himself up near a bar in Ansbach, also in Bavaria.

Armed police have arrived at the centre for migrants

Germany had already seen nine people killed in a shopping centre shooting spree in Munich on Friday and four passengers on a train and a passer-by wounded in an axe attack in Wuerzburg on July 18.