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Viernheim bomber handed 12 years in prison

DDP/The Local · 22 Jun 2010, 09:03

Published: 22 Jun 2010 09:03 GMT+02:00

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The 45-year-old construction worker admitted to the bomb attacks and was found guilty for dangerous bodily harm and violating German weapons law.

The Darmstadt court called his actions an “incomprehensible crime,” but did not believe they constituted attempted murder.

“I am a militarist,” he told the court.

The man, identified only as Jürgen K. set off an explosion at a single-family home in Viernheim, a town near Mannheim, slightly injuring the father.

He then set off an explosion in Weinheim, some five kilometres away in Baden-Württemberg, but caused no injuries.

He fled and barricaded himself in his nearby apartment wearing camouflage and a gas mask. From there he called police and threatened further explosions.

A tense 28-hour stand-off followed, with some 500 police and emergency workers evacuating the area and surrounding the building. On August 20, he surrendered and was arrested by special commando officers.

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Police later removed several trucks full of explosives and weaponry from his home.

The man felt his victims had fleeced him with bills.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

09:47 June 22, 2010 by derExDeutsche
How many of those 'Guns' could even shoot anything? some of those machine guns make it look like he was counting on seeing some EVIL Germans on the Eastern Front.

You Germans see to think you're pretty TOUGH.

sometimes, you just can't control everything.

But, you sure are SCARED of a few guns.
09:51 June 22, 2010 by auniquecorn
The Darmstadt court called his actions an ¦quot;incomprehensible crime,¦quot; but did not believe they constituted attempted murder.

Ok, so all those bombings in Irag and Afganistan are also incomprehensible crimes?
23:47 June 22, 2010 by Avidror
@ batchlife

The psychiatrists will see what happened with him.

@ derExDeutsche

Of course a few guns are enough to be afraid, especially in the hands of that guy. I guess you'd be afraid if you had been his victim. And WWII weapons are still in use, I mean, that guns can shoot.

@ auniquecorn

What have the Iraqi and Afghan wars to do with that guy?
15:49 June 23, 2010 by William Thirteen
i had to visit a customer in Weinheim yesterday. Having to live there permanently would probably drive me over the edge as well.....
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