Three letter bombs sent to German firms may be linked, say investigators

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Prosecutors in Germany are investigating a possible link between three recent letter bomb attacks on German food retail companies.

“We assume there is a connection,” state prosecutors in Heidelberg said on Friday after attacks on a supermarket chain, a drinks company and a baby food producer this week. They said further attacks were not likely but could not be ruled out entirely.

Prosecutors announced a 100-person special commission to investigate the attacks on Thursday.

They confirmed that an explosive had been identified and disarmed at a parcel distribution centre at Munich airport on Wednesday night. The parcel was addressed to the Bavaria-based baby food company Hipp.

Three people were taken to hospital on Wednesday when a letter bomb exploded at the German headquarters of the discount supermarket Lidl. Around 100 people were evacuated from the building in Neckarsulm, western Germany.

A similar explosion was reported in nearby Eppelheim at the Wild drinks company, whose products include Capri-Sun.

According to the national DPA news agency, Germany’s food federation has warned its members to remain vigilant when receiving post.

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