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Pipe bomb hurts man at Berlin park

The Local · 15 Aug 2011, 10:00

Published: 15 Aug 2011 10:00 GMT+02:00

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According to the BZ newspaper, the victim Sigfried L., 57, was riding his bike through Schiller Park in Berlin’s Wedding district on Sunday afternoon and decided to take a rest on a bench.

But when he touched a nearby plastic bag, it exploded and shrapnel hit him in the face and legs.

An ambulance took him to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery for his eye injury. His life is not in danger but he remains hospitalized, the BZ reported.

Police described the explosive device as a homemade pipe bomb filled with metal shards or nails. Sniffer dogs searched the cordoned-off park for more bombs but couldn’t find any.

A similar bomb was founded in a bag nearby in May but it was defused by police and never exploded, authorities said.

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12:54 August 15, 2011 by johnny108
The sooner they can get forensic evidence from this, the sooner they will be able to find out who is responsible.

Leaving a bomb for anyone to find is an act of a coward, NOT a revolutionary, or a "freedom fighter".

I hope the idiot who planted this bomb is found, and locked in a little room with no sunlight, for the rest of his life.
16:57 August 15, 2011 by William Thirteen
i would think it was either a vicious prank or the bomb builder testing their triggering mechanism. also, as insensitive as it might sound, were there any witnesses who can verify that the plastic bag was there before Siegfried L. arrived?
18:16 August 15, 2011 by Thor_Johansson
This is crazy. My girlfriend just lives around the corner. Schiller is where we take our dog for a walk every day!! In fact, so many people and children walk around this bushy and leafy park, anyone could get hurt.

What are you supposed to do to prevent this happening to anyone?
23:09 August 15, 2011 by Zlik
No smoking

No Drinking

No pets

nO ........

08:09 August 16, 2011 by William Thirteen
thanks Zlik! indeed, given how rule abiding the locals are, that sign just might work!
10:13 August 16, 2011 by HistoryProffessor
10:56 August 17, 2011 by yourholiness
Definitely. It was designed to spread panic.
08:54 August 18, 2011 by ECSNatale
Such Cowards
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