Italian far-left group claims sent Ackermann bomb: Germany
An Italian far-left group has claimed responsibility for a letter bomb sent to Deutsche Bank chief Josef Ackermann that was intercepted at the bank's headquarters, German police said Thursday.
State police in Hesse, the region where the Deutsche Bank headquarters is located, said it was possible that the group had sent further bombs in addition to one discovered Wednesday addressed to the CEO of Germany's top bank.
"In the intensive search for evidence, authorities from the Hesse state crime office found a hidden, rolled up letter written in Italian," police said in a statement.
"In it, the 'FAI - Federazione Anarchica Informale' claimed responsibility for the attempted letter bomb attack against Dr. Ackermann. The authors spoke of 'three explosions against banks, bankers, ticks and bloodsuckers'.
"Based on that one must assume that another two mail bombs may have been sent," police said.
They called the FAI a "terrorist left-wing anarchist organisation" and said it had claimed responsibility for several attacks against European state institutions, primarily in Italy.
The Hesse state police said in the statement that the group had also attempted a letter bombing against the European Central Bank in Frankfurt in 2003.
"At that time, the FAI also wrote to claim responsibility," it said, although German authorities were never able to identify individual suspects.
"Their findings from that time are being used in the current probe," police said.
The brown envelope addressed to the Swiss-born Ackermann arrived at Deutsche Bank's mailroom and was x-rayed after it raised suspicion among staff. Police said Thursday it contained a live bomb.
A police spokesman said the claim of responsibility had been found in the envelope.
Media reports said Ackermann was not in the building at the time.
A police spokesman called the letter bomb a "dangerous explosive".
© 2011 AFP