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Berlin Police Step Up Bomb Search After Finding Exploded Device

October 12, 2011

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Berlin police stepped up their search for explosives near rail interchanges and train stations in the German capital after two more devices were discovered today, one of which had already been ignited.

A device found near a regional station today in Berlin’s western district of Spandau had gone off “some time before,” police spokesman Martin Otter said. Another was found in Berlin’s south, between the Schoeneberg and Suedkreuz rail stations. Nobody has been injured, he said.

The discovery marks the third day in which authorities found containers with flammable fluid near train lines and are investigating the possible involvement of an anti-war group. Rail traffic in the city of 3.4 million people has become snarled as police block search areas.

“We view these attacks with great concern,” German Interior Ministry spokesman Jens Teschke told reporters today. “We have to be vigilant and move against any developments that could develop into left-wing terrorism.”

Police two days ago foiled a possible attack on the city’s main train station after a signal installation on a Berlin- Hamburg route had been set on fire earlier. Yesterday five more devices were found.

Police 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 on Oct. 10.

The web-posted note 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.

State railway Deutsche Bahn AG has condemned “extremist assailants” and said it’s impossible to comprehensively secure 34,000 kilometers (21,100 miles) of rail lines across Germany.

--With assistance from Rainer Buergin in Berlin. Editors: James Hertling, Leon Mangasarian

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