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Berlin escaped May Day pipe-bomb bloodbath

The Local · 7 May 2012, 17:34

Published: 07 May 2012 17:34 GMT+02:00

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Berlin's Police President Margarete Koppers told the state parliament interior committee that police discovered at least three bombs on May Day, each with an estimated blast radius of 15 – 20 metres.

They were found in several places along the demo's route, and police are working on the assumption that they were intended for use against riot officers.

Experts are currently inspecting the 40-centimetre pipes-bombs to see if they were functional. Koppers said they were home-made explosives which could have injured several people.

"In future operations we have to be prepared for people who have a blind hatred inside them," said Koppers.

Some radical leftists had called for violent attacks against the police in the run-up to Berlin's traditional anti-capitalist protests on May Day. The demonstration, which drew some 10,000 participants, erupted into violence part way along its route, and was dispersed by police after stones and bottles were thrown at them.

Organizers accused the police of using "extreme brutality" to quell the protesters.

It remains unclear whether the pipe-bomb discovery had any connection with an arson attack on two officers in a police car on Saturday night.

Several unknown people attacked the car as it was standing at a traffic light, smashing its back window. One of them tore open a door and threw a flare inside, setting fire to the back seat. The officers, suffered shock, but remained uninjured.

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The Berlin domestic intelligence agency said on Friday that there was less violence this May Day that and despite an increase in demonstrators, the far-left scene was struggling to recruit new militants.

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Your comments about this article

20:09 May 7, 2012 by blackboot11
Why the one week delay in this news?
22:25 May 7, 2012 by _JD
They needed a week to fake the evidence..
22:30 May 7, 2012 by frankiep
Luckily these left wing extremists are so far pretty incompetent. If only right wing extremists like Brevik were also equally incompetent.
02:14 May 8, 2012 by rfwilson

"They needed a week to fake the evidence.. "

Oh for heaven's sake, grow up!
08:47 May 8, 2012 by tobyjug
@_JD yep grow up!!!

I would guess they were hoping that who ever planted them had not realised the police had found them and would try to retrieve the bombs.
09:26 May 8, 2012 by catjones
Not sure if an empty pipe (or one filled with inert substance) can be technically a bomb. I would think (in any other country) a week would be long enough to determine 'functional'.
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