Arrest for explosive mail: motive unclear – miscellaneous things from Germany & the world


A police vehicle in front of the Lidl headquarters in Neckarsulm. Photo: Christoph Schmidt / dpa (Christoph Schmidt / dpa)

After the arrest of a suspect in the case of explosive mail to southern German food companies, the motive for the crime is still in the dark. New findings were not available, it said on Sunday morning at the Stuttgart State Criminal Police Office. ©

 The  investigation was ongoing.

Accordingly, evidence that investigators had found in the pensioner’s apartment was examined. On Friday evening, special police forces arrested the 66-year-old man at his residence in the Ulm area.

He is suspected of being the sender of three explosive mailings to companies in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria that had caused fear and concern in the past few days. According to the State Criminal Police Office and Public Prosecutor’s Office in Heidelberg, the man, previously unknown to the police, did not resist his arrest. At first he did not provide any information on the allegations. It is unlikely that he would have sent any more explosive mail before his arrest.


 The  series had started on Tuesday in the goods receiving department of a beverage manufacturer in Eppelheim (Rhein-Neckar district). A man there was injured by a deflagration while accepting a package. On Wednesday, opening a letter at Lidl headquarters in Neckarsulm (Heilbronn district) caused an explosion with three injured. A third suspicious package, which was addressed to the baby food manufacturer Hipp, was intercepted and defused in a package distribution center at Munich Airport on Thursday night.

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