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Woman finds bag of human bones

The authorities in the northern German city of Kiel on Wednesday hoped to determine the origin of a bag of human bones discovered on the side of the road.

Woman finds bag of human bones
Photo: DPA

A driver spotted the blue bag with its grisly contents while waiting at a red light on Tuesday evening.

“She saw bones sticking out of the bag, which was on the embankment behind the guardrail, and contacted the police,” said a police spokesman.

The city’s homicide unit hurried to the stretch of route B76 to examine the large sack with the mostly skeletal human remains. As of early Wednesday morning, the age and gender of the person, as well as how he or she died, were still undetermined.

“We have to wait to see what the coroner finds out,” the spokesman said.

DPA/The Local/mry

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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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