“NOT ISLAMIC TERRORISM” they say, but the car that exploded in downtown Berlin was registered to a person with a “Turkish-sounding name”

A car bomb has exploded in central Berlin killing the driver in what German authorities are hoping and praying is a “Mafia-style” hit.

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UK Mirror  The huge blast shook the German capital at around 8am this morning. “Our investigators believe it was an explosive device that caused the vehicle to explode,” said Berlin police on Twitter.

A picture posted by the force showed the wreckage of a silver Volkswagen Passat estate on the street with its windows blown out and its front end smashed in.

The 43-year-old man killed in the blast was known to the police for drugs and violence offences, according to German newspaper BILD. His car was registered to a woman in Berlin with a “Turkish-sounding” name, the paper added.

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Police have ruled out terrorism and believe the “hit” is more likely linked to organised crime, it was claimed. Residents in the western district of Charlottenburg were warned to close windows and stay indoors as investigations continued.

Police initially thought the car had been destroyed as a result of a collision. But investigations prompted the bomb squad to be called in and an explosives expert was seen examining the wreckage. The car was driving through central Berlin when it crashed into a parked Porsche then exploded leaving the wreckage across the roadway.

The large bang was heard from several kilometres away, witnesses said. The homicide police division is investigating but the reasons behind the explosion remain unclear.

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