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Tuesday
Nov022010

Book Bomb Terror Campaign Spreads From Athens to Berlin

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BERLIN) -- A book bomb under investigation Tuesday at the chancellor’s office in Berlin appears to be possibly linked to a bomb campaign discovered in Athen’s Greece Monday when a small firebomb ignited, injuring a shipping clerk and leading police to the discovery of three more devices as well as the arrest of two bombers.

The incendiary bomb in a hollowed out book went off in the hands of a shipping clerk at Swift Mail in Athens Monday as she was preparing to ship it to a Mexican Embassy and triggered a rapid police response that recovered three unexploded book bombs addressed to embassies and political figures  following the arrest of two individuals there. Tuesday, a similar bomb was under investigation at the chancellor’s office in Berlin, police sources say.

According to a police report from Greece, the rapid police response led to the arrest of two young men about two blocks away from the shipping firm as they were entering a metro station clad in bullet proof vests and wearing wigs. Two nine millimeter Glock pistols and five full magazines were recovered.

According to the report, in addition to the bomb that exploded, the men admitted to attempting to mail other bombs and appeared to have been carrying one in a plastic bag when approached by police. The recovered bombs were addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a Belgian embassy and a Dutch Embassy. The one to Sarkozy was also recovered at Swift Mail. The one to the Beligan Embassy was recovered at a second shipping firm ACS and the one in their possession was addressed to a Dutch Embassy.

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