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Female body parts found under Hannover bridge

Female body parts have been found in packages dumped under a bridge in the city of Hannover, police announced on Tuesday.

Female body parts found under Hannover bridge
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A statement from the Hannover police said parts of a woman’s corpse were found about 3:30 pm on Monday. The authorities called for witnesses to come forward.

Several conspicuous packages was noticed by passersby under the bridge where Ritter-Brüning-Straße crosses the Ihme River.

After officers were called to the scene, they inspected the packages and realised they contained parts of a woman, who was apparently aged 25 to 35.

Police have not yet identified the victim. On Tuesday afternoon, water police were searching the river and its banks near the bridge for other body parts.

In the statement, Hannover police said they were urgently seeking witnesses who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, any conspicuous cars parked around the bridge or anyone carrying a heavy object.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hannover’s crime task force on (0511) 109 5555.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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