Cologne bomb suspect caught on camera

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17 June 2004, COLOGNE - Authorities in Germany have revealed that a suspect in a bombing that injured 22 persons in Cologne was photographed by a video surveillance camera shortly before the detonation.

17 June 2004

COLOGNE - Authorities in Germany have revealed that a suspect in a bombing that injured 22 persons in Cologne was photographed by a video surveillance camera shortly before the detonation.

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 4pm on 9 June.

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 has been 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.

A video surveillance camera also captured an image of the suspect, and police have distributed his picture nationwide.

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.

DPA

Subject: German news

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