Officers said that at around 7.20 p.m. on Thursday an “unknown substance was detonated” in front of the party office in Bahnhofstraße in Döbeln, Saxony.
No injuries were reported however, doors and windows of the building were damaged, as well as two neighbouring buildings. Two parked cars were also damaged.
Authorities are investigating how the explosion occurred and if it was a politically motivated attack. No further information about any possible suspects has been released.
The suspected attack was condemned by politicians.
“There is no justification for the attack,” Saxony's deputy prime minister Martin Dulig, of the Social Democrats, wrote on Twitter on Friday morning. “Violence is not a means of democracy. The AfD must be fought politically and not with explosives.”
Dulig continued: “This attack helps the AfD and harms democracy”.
Für den Anschlag auf das AfD-Büro in Döbeln gibt es keine Legitimation. Gewalt gehört nicht zu den Mitteln der Demokratie. Die AfD muss politisch bekämpft werden und nicht mit Sprengkörpern. Dieser Anschlag hilft der AfD und schadet der Demokratie.
— Martin Dulig (@MartinDulig) January 4, 2019
It's not the first time offices of the far-right party have been targetted. The AfD office in Borna, about an hour's drive from Döbeln, was damaged in mid-December. According to police, unknown perpetrators threw a slab against the window.
Meanwhile, in September the AfD office in Chemnitz and the office of AfD politician Jens Maier in Dresden were the targets of political anger: Both offices had been smeared with paint.
Maier tweeted about the incident at the Döbeln office on Friday and shared pictures. He said the AfD “will not be intimidated” and “will never give up”.
Gestern Abend verübten bisher unbekannte Täter einen Anschlag auf das AfD-Bürgerbüro in Döbeln. Glücklicherweise wurde niemand verwundet oder gar getötet. Doch wir lassen uns nicht einschüchtern und werden niemals aufgeben. #AfD pic.twitter.com/g1s3oMIgnS
— Jens Maier, MdB ?? (@JensMaierAfD) January 4, 2019