Coronavirus lockdown opponents claimed responsibility for Berlin explosion: Reports
No one was injured when a homemade explosive device went off in the German capital on Sunday.
Opponents of the German government’s coronavirus restrictions claimed responsibility for an explosion in Berlin last weekend, several German media outlets reported Thursday, citing police sources.
On Sunday morning, a homemade explosive device went off at the entrance of a house in central Berlin. A witness heard a bang and saw a flame that quickly went out, according to the police. No one was injured.
Der Spiegel and Tagesspiegel reported that police found a confession letter at the scene. The letter demands the resignation of Germany’s federal government, new elections and the end of all coronavirus-related restrictions, and threatens that more attacks will follow if the demands are not met, according to Der Spiegel.
The explosive device was made up of an accelerant, a computer battery and several spray cans, the magazine reported. Tagesspiegel reported it was unclear whether the device had misfired.
According to the newspaper, the Berlin state police’s commissariat for far-right extremism is now investigating the incident.
Also Sunday morning in Berlin, attackers threw incendiary devices at the offices of the Robert Koch Institute, the infectious disease agency advising the government on its response to the coronavirus. Police told Der Spiegel they were investigating a possible connection between the two cases.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the premiers of Germany’s 16 states agreed to introduce more restrictive coronavirus measures, including the closure of all bars, gyms and cultural venues for one month from Monday next week as the country has registered a steep rise in new daily infections, with another record high of 16,774 new cases reported on Thursday.