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German Rail Authorities Discover More Explosives in Berlin

October 11, 2011

(Updates with discovery of three more devices beginning in second paragraph.)

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- German authorities discovered five more potential explosive devices in Berlin a day after police foiled a possible attack on the city’s main train station, as officials investigate whether political extremists are involved.

Three containers with flammable fluid were found near the main station today near the same spot where the potential explosives were found yesterday, police spokesman Ivo Habedank said. Two bottles with explosive fluid were discovered at the Gruenau railway interchange in the city’s southeastern Koepenick district earlier today.

“We can’t yet determine how dangerous these objects were until they’re investigated,” Habedank said by phone from the scene of the discovery. He said the north tunnel leading into the underground section of the main station had been reopened.

State railway Deutsche Bahn AG issued a condemnation of “extremist assailants” and repeated that it’s impossible to comprehensively secure 34,000 kilometers (21,100 miles) of rail lines across Germany. The discoveries have led to disruption in regional rail traffic, Deutsche Bahn spokesman Jens-Oliver Voss said.

Police said they haven’t ruled out the involvement of anti- war activists after a group identifying itself as “Hekla Reception Committee -- Initiative for More Social Eruptions,” threatened to sabotage traffic in the city in a web posting yesterday.

Afghan War

The web-posted note referred to by the police cites Germany’s involvement in the 10-year-old war in Afghanistan and calls for the release of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking secret documents to Wikileaks.

Germany is the third-largest troop contributor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s mission in Afghanistan with about 5,000 personnel.

Unidentified assailants also set fire early yesterday to a rail signal installation on the Berlin-Hamburg route in the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, the police said.

--Editors: Leon Mangasarian, Eddie Buckle.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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