Terrorism ruled out in Cologne bombing

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10 June 2004 , COLOGNE - Authorities in Germany Thursday said a pipe bomb blast that injured 22 persons in an ethnic Turkish neighbourhood of Cologne was not the work either of Islamic terrorists or of neo-Nazis. Instead, police were working on the assumption that business rivals or a protection-money extortion racket was to blame. The bomb, packed with 1,000 nails, went off near a hairdresser's salon on the ground floor of a three-storey building housing both apartments and shops Wednesday afternoon. The

10 June 2004

COLOGNE - Authorities in Germany Thursday said a pipe bomb blast that injured 22 persons in an ethnic Turkish neighbourhood of Cologne was not the work either of Islamic terrorists or of neo-Nazis.

Instead, police were working on the assumption that business rivals or a protection-money extortion racket was to blame.

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

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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