Berlin bomb blast: 1 killed, terrorism angle ruled out

A car bomb killed a driver travelling down a street in central Berlin on Tuesday, police said.

Updated: Mar 15, 2016, 21:31 PM IST
Berlin bomb blast: 1 killed, terrorism angle ruled out
An exploded car sits on a street in Berlin, eastern Germany, on March 15, 2016.

Berlin: A car bomb killed a driver travelling down a street in central Berlin on Tuesday, police said.

The German Police has opened a homicide probe, with authorities ruling out any terrorism link.

The blast caused by an explosive device "on or in the vehicle" occurred during morning rush-hour traffic on Bismarckstrasse, within sight of the Victory Column monument.

 

The explosion flipped over the vehicle, leaving its front severely dented and debris strewn several metres away.

No other injuries were reported, although the car rammed into a parked vehicle.

Identifying the victim as a 43-year-old man, Berlin police said on Twitter: "There is currently no indication that this was linked to terrorism."

"We believe this was a homicide," prosecutor`s office spokesman Martin Steltner told the daily Tagesspiegel.

Spiegel Online said the victim had previously been investigated by police for offences including drug trafficking and that investigators believe Tuesday`s attack was linked to organised crime.

The Volkswagen Passat station wagon was heading downtown when the explosion struck close to the subway entrance to Deutsche Oper station, in front of one of Berlin`s three opera houses.

Police had asked residents to stay indoors and keep their windows shut. They later gave the all-clear after completing a sweep for further explosives.

(With AFP inputs)