Two attempted arson attacks in two days at Berlin station

11th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

German authorities said they thwarted a suspected arson attack near Berlin's main rail station for the second time in two days Tuesday in incidents believed linked to left-wing extremists.

A police spokesman said two incendiary devices were discovered hidden in cable ducts about 900 metres (yards) from the station building, near the spot where a similar device was found Monday.

Three further devices turned up in a railyard in the eastern Berlin district of Treptow early Tuesday. None caught fire and no one was injured.

"Due to the limited time and geographic frame of the incidents as well as similarities in the perpetrators' actions, we can assume they are linked," the police spokesman said.

An arson attack on the rail line between Berlin and the northern city of Hamburg early Monday destroyed a signal cable, leading to major travel delays affecting thousands of passengers.

A far-left group claimed responsibility for the blaze, saying in an online message they had acted in protest against the German military's deployment in Afghanistan, now entering its 10th year.

© 2011 AFP

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