Arson attackers target German infectious disease agency

Robert Koch Institute is at heart of Berlin's coronavirus response.

Arson attackers target German infectious disease agency

Attackers threw incendiary devices early Sunday at the Berlin offices of the Robert Koch Institute, the infectious disease agency playing a leading role in Germany’s response to the coronavirus.

The incendiary devices were in the form of bottles, thrown at the building at around 2:40 a.m., Berlin police reported. A security guard witnessed the attack and extinguished the flames. No one was injured in the attack, which broke a window.

As a political motivation is being explored, state security officials have taken over the investigation, the police said.

While a majority of Germans support the government’s response to the pandemic, demonstrations against restrictions imposed to curb the virus drew thousands to Berlin over the summer. A similar march on Sunday attracted around 2,000 people to Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, Bild reported.