BBC Headline on Suicide Bomber: ‘Syrian Migrant Dies in German Blast’

A BBC front page headline sparked outrage and mockery Sunday after it characterized a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany as a “German blast” that killed a “Syrian migrant.”

The interesting phrasing was first noticed and widely spread by Canadian Muslim pundit Tarek Fatah.

Reuters also received criticism for a headline that seemed to deflect on who was actually responsible for the bombing: “Syrian man denied asylum killed in German blast: Bavarian minister.”


The BBC headline was eventually changed to “Syrian asylum seeker blows himself up in Germany,” while the Reuters headline has not been updated.

Complicating the matter is that German officials were also originally reluctant to call the attack terrorism. “We don’t know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others,” Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. Herrmann has since said that attack was “likely” an Islamic terror attack.

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