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Huge explosives stash found in Kiel

Police evacuated 12 buildings in the northern German city of Kiel after finding a large stash of home-made explosives in a man’s apartment on Monday night.

Huge explosives stash found in Kiel
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After rescue services made a routine call to the flat of a 55-year-old man on Monday night, they alerted police to the presence of large quantities of suspicious materials.

Police officers who arrived at the scene discovered 60 litres of chemicals, several kilogrammes of home-made explosives, as well as items needed to build bombs and other explosive devices.

Around 50 residents in the neighbourhood were evacuated from their homes for three hours. The authorities allowed them to return at 1:30 am Tuesday after they had removed the dangerous materials.

They arrested a 36-year-old man, who was temporarily living with the older man. He is being investigated for explosives breaking laws.

The police have said they do not believe there is a political motivation to his bomb-making preoccupation.

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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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