A letter bomber has been targeting food companies in southern Germany for days. Now the police have arrested a suspect and ransacked his home.
After three attacks with explosive mail on food companies in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, the police arrested a 66-year-old suspect. An arrest warrant was issued against him and he was taken to a correctional facility. The public prosecutor’s office in Heidelberg and the State Criminal Police Office of Baden-Württemberg shared this on Saturday.
According to the police, the man is a pensioner and comes from the Ulm area. So far he is not known for other offenses. He was arrested on Friday evening without resistance and has not yet commented on the allegations.
The authorities suspect him of having sent mail filled with explosives to several companies in the food industry in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in the past few days.
The authorities had already announced on Friday that an initial reference to the sender of the letter bombs led to Ulm. However, all three shipments were sent with a fictitious sender.
Letter bombs to Lidl, Hipp and “Capri Sonne” producers
In the past few days there have been attacks with letter bombs on a Lidl headquarters in Neckarsulm, the “Capri Sonne” producer ADM Wild in Eppelheim and an attempted attack on the baby food producer Hipp in Pfaffenhofen in Upper Bavaria. A total of four people were injured. Everyone was able to leave the hospital on Friday.
The police have been on constant alert since then: a special commission was set up in Baden-Württemberg, and the State Criminal Police Office has taken over the investigation. A total of more than 100 officers hunted for the bomb maker. Solved on Saturday lunchtime a suspicious package in a DHL headquarters in Leimen a large-scale operation – as the police later announced, it was a false alarm.
The investigators apparently assume that the series has now come to an end with the arrest: It is unlikely that the accused had sent further mail, it said on Saturday.
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