Cologne bomb detonated by remote control

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14 June 2004, COLOGNE - A pipe bomb that injured 22 people in an ethnic Turkish district of Cologne last week was detonated by remote control, investigators in Germany said Monday.

14 June 2004

COLOGNE - A pipe bomb that injured 22 people in an ethnic Turkish district of Cologne last week was detonated by remote control, investigators in Germany said Monday.

The explosive device, a gas cylinder packed with gunpowder and carpenter nails, ripped through a hair salon and shattered windows in a wide radius when it went off on a crowded street shortly after 4 p.m. last Wednesday.

Authorities have ruled out an attack by Islamic radicals or neo-Nazis, and believe instead that business rivals or a protection-money extortion racket may have been to blame.

A nationwide manhunt is underway for a man about 30 years old with short-cropped blond hair who eyewitnesses said parked a bicycle outside the shop that was ravaged by the explosive.

The pipe bomb is known to have been strapped to the bike, which was bought at a discount outlet within the past six weeks, police said.

"We are not saying this man was the bomber," a police spokesman said. "But it could well be that someone planted the device on his bike after he left it there, so we need to ask him some questions.

The bomb, packed with 1,000 nails, went off near a hairdresser's salon on the ground floor of a three-storey building that contained both apartments and shops.

The blast destroyed the salon and a neighbouring pizzeria and shattered shop windows within a radius of 100 metres.

DPA

Subject: German news

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