Dec 16 2012
Federal prosecutors in Germany have taken over the investigation into a failed bomb plot at the Bonn central station. They say the incident was likely an attempt by an Islamic organization to commit an act of terror.
DW Monday’s bomb scare is being treated as an attempted terror attack, bringing the investigation under federal jurisdiction. A statement released by the prosecutor’s office on Friday said that there were “plenty of leads indicating the events were an attempt at a bomb attack by a terrorist organization with radical Islamic influences.”
In a recap of the facts in the case so far, the prosecutor’s office said that a man left a sports bag on one of the platforms at the main train station in Bonn that contained a prepared explosive device. An initial investigation of the device revealed it consisted of a metal pipe approximately 40 cm (15.7 inches) long that contained ammonium nitrate. Compressed gas cartridges were wrapped around the pipe, as were a timer and batteries meant to serve as an ignition device.
Regarding the suspect, prosecutors said there were “credible indications that the suspect was connected to radical Islamic groups” and was therefore being sought for “attempting to carry out an explosive attack as a member of a terrorist organization.”
Earlier this week, police released a computer-generated composite picture of a suspect based on the description by a 14-year-old eyewitness. The picture – which was on display in public places all over Bonn – shows a tall, thin, dark-skinned man between the ages of 30 and 35.