Berlin mailbox bombing suspect arrested

Berlin mailbox bombing suspect arrested
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A suspect in a mail box bomb attack was arrested Saturday evening; soon after police defused a possible home-made bomb related to the attacks, hidden underneath a clothing donation container, Berlin police reported.

Heinrich-Heine Strasse, a major street in central Berlin, was closed for several hours Saturday night and Sunday morning as explosives experts used a robot to defuse the device.

The find was in connection with the Saturday evening arrest of 32 year-old Peter John, a suspect in a November 26th bombing attack in Berlin that seriously injured his 12 year-old niece. John was allegedly involved in a long-running family dispute. The bomb was placed in the family’s mailbox.

Berlin police offered a €10,000 reward earlier in the week for information leading to John’s arrest, calling him “extremely dangerous.”

In addition to the attack November 26th attack, the girl’s father discovered a bomb atop his vehicle, which failed to explode. Police also found a bomb in John’s red BMW.