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Explosive package seized at Merkel's office

The Local · 2 Nov 2010, 18:44

Published: 02 Nov 2010 16:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Nov 2010 18:44 GMT+01:00

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The BKA said the parcel was tested for dangerous materials on site at the Chancellery and made harmless with a water canon.

The website of Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported a UPS package addressed to Merkel contained gunpowder.

"It looked like someone was trying to send a message," a security official told the paper.

The news agency DPA reported the briefcase-sized package was delivered to the Chancellery around 1:00 pm with the return address of the Greek Economy Ministry. Shortly thereafter the mail room was shut by federal police.

"During routine checks on mail received, a small package was discovered with suspicious features that pointed to the possibility of explosives inside," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. "No one was injured."

Merkel was in Belgium when the package was discovered.

The package in Berlin was intercepted after parcel bombs exploded at the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens on Tuesday, part of a wave of attacks linked to leftist extremists in Greece.

The bombs were similar to four devices addressed to embassies in the Greek capital and intercepted Monday, including one addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Controlled explosions were carried out by police on suspect packages addressed to the German, Chilean and Bulgarian embassies.

During the Greek credit crisis in April, Merkel pushed hard for Athens to adopt major austerity measures before any bailout would be agreed. The subsequent budget cuts have proved deeply unpopular in Greece.

The latest incident comes on the heels of the discovery last week in Britain and Dubai of two US-bound parcels addressed to Jewish institutions in Chicago and containing the lethal explosive PETN hidden in ink toner cartridges.

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They had been posted in Yemen and have been linked to the group Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and a bomb maker believed to be hiding in Yemen. The bomb found in Britain had been routed via the western German city of Cologne.

Germany extended a ban on air freight from Yemen to passenger planes, becoming the first to reject all flights from the Arabian peninsula nation after other countries moved to stop only cargo.

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19:27 November 2, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Obviously, we should immediately invade and occupy Greece and wage a decade-long anti-guerrilla campaign to identify and destroy Greek extremists, in a bid to secure Germany's borders from foreign terrorism, and make the world safer for free trade and democracy.

Wait, that sounds familiar...
23:10 November 2, 2010 by Frenemy
But that's "MADNESS" (there will probably be 300 bastards that will put up a symbolic, yet futile, fight economic reform in Greece).

..."madness? NO! This is...POVERTY!!!!" (and fiscal irresponsibility too!) lol
23:33 November 2, 2010 by John Beck
Wow! Who is the worthless Angela merkel is going to blame now? Thank god immigrants are off the hook and this was committed by so called civilized Europeans that can never be as savage and barbaric as the majority of racists in Germany like to call immigrants in general and Muslims in particular. yeah, maybe Germany should invade Greece using the excuse of national security like some countries are known to do.
00:43 November 3, 2010 by rfwilson
[quote] "Obviously, we should immediately invade and occupy Greece and wage a decade-long anti-guerrilla campaign to identify and destroy Greek extremists, in a bid to secure Germany's borders from foreign terrorism, and make the world safer for free trade and democracy.

Wait, that sounds familiar... "

Hey, Der Grenadier aus Aachen, do I detect a note of cutting sarcasm here???? I mean, just a bit???

Well said!
08:59 November 3, 2010 by wildcowgirl
I was beginning to wonder what Greece was doing with the money.
20:07 November 3, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, some economic experts have said that it would be best for eveyone, including Greece, if Greece were to "Slowly" move out of the Euro and establish their own currency.

It's quite illogical to try and "Force" a nation into a culture they are not prepared for. If you make a mistake, then simply admit that you have and move to correct things.

Life really should be easy.
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