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More incendiary devices found in Berlin

The Local · 12 Oct 2011, 14:31

Published: 12 Oct 2011 14:31 GMT+02:00

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Another unexploded device was also found alongside it, and the police have not ruled out finding further explosives – simply petrol-filled bottles - elsewhere. The device at Staaken was discovered during repair work. No-one was injured.

A police spokesman said, “There was an incendiary device that was set off somehow, possibly on Monday or Tuesday." Another device was found by a train-driver between the Schöneberg and Südkreuz stations on the local public transport network.

Transport authorities said service had been suspended on both lines, while intercity and regional trains travelling west were diverted.

Police believe the perpetrators were left-wing radicals who laid all the devices at the same time. Several have now been discovered around the city.

In a sign that authorities are now taking the events more seriously, the German Attorney General (BAW) decided Wednesday to take over investigations into the attacks from the Berlin police.

The BAW usually covers terrorism and espionage investigations in the event of direct internal threats on Germany. “We are investigating on suspicion of anti-constitutional sabotage,” a BAW spokesman told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer on Wednesday described the attacks as "criminal, terrorist attempts of a new dimension."

On Monday, a radical leftist group named “Hekla” claimed responsibility in an email to news agencies and on an online forum.

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The email said the group was protesting German involvement in Afghanistan and called for US soldier Bradley Manning, charged with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to be released.


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16:39 October 12, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
These kids should think more carefully before they act. If they by some chance kill someone with one of their amateurish little firebombs, the Verfassungsschutz is going to come down on them like a ton of bricks. It might be worth considering that most of the Baader-Meinhof trolls ended up dead in a bad way.
17:53 October 12, 2011 by frankiep
Scumbags. I don't care if they haven't hurt or killed anyone yet. If they keep it up an innocent person will most certainly wind up hurt or dead, and that makes these left wing lunatics nothing more than ignorant scum.

They feel so strongly about their cause that they are willing to kill innocent people to get their way. I hope they catch these parasites, lock them up, and throw away the key.
23:43 October 12, 2011 by finanzdoktor
I found this comment for another news service reporting on the same event:

"However, the group said it is not acting 'with the intention to endanger somebody's life."'

Does anybody believe this, after the planting of these bombs in terminals, where people naturally congregate while waiting for a train?
09:41 October 13, 2011 by wood artist
"But...your honor...we never intended to hurt anyone!"

"Well, regardless of your intent, the dead will not come back to life!"

If you place these devices, you intended to cause problems, and if you couldn't properly anticipate the possible outcomes, you're stupid in addition to being a terrorist.

11:43 October 13, 2011 by frankiep
Typical from left extremists, and extremists of all kinds actually. The ends always justify the means in their eyes. It is of little concern to them if they kill few (hundred, thousand, million) innocent people as long as it is all done in the name of their glorious ideological cause.
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