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Berlin – man killed in suspected car bomb

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An explosion that destroyed a car and killed the driver in Berlin during rush-hour traffic was probably caused by a bomb, police have said.

The explosion occurred at about 8am (7am GMT) on Tuesday on a busy street in the western district of Charlottenberg leading into the heart of the German capital.

Photographs from the scene show the wreckage of a Berlin-registered silver Volkswagen Passat estate, with its windows shattered and its front end smashed in, about half a mile from the Victory Column monument.

“The explosion occurred inside or on the vehicle,” said Carsten Müller, deputy chief spokesman for Berlin police.

Nobody else was injured in the blast despite heavy traffic, he added.

Hours after the blast police were concentrating on the possibility that the explosion might be linked to organised crime, said Kerstin Ziesmer, a police spokeswoman.

She said investigators had identified the man who was killed but declined to name him, citing the ongoing investigation. The city has seen a spate of violence linked to biker gangs involved in the drugs trade in recent years.

[Source: The Guardian]
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