arrest of a sexagenarian suspected of sending parcel bombs

The pensioner, who lives in Ulm, has been remanded in custody. He was not known to the police.

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No claim had been found. The Baden-W├╝rttemberg criminal police announced on Saturday February 20 that they had arrested a 66-year-old man suspected of having sent several parcel bombs to food companies in Germany in recent days. “The man was arrested by special police forces at his home without resistance. He is suspected of being the sender of the consignments.”, jointly explained in a statement the prosecutor’s office of Heidelberg and the police.

The suspect, a pensioner living in Ulm, was remanded in custody and was not known to the police. He has yet to make any statement regarding the facts, they said. “Investigators currently consider it unlikely that the suspect sent any further emails suspecting explosives.”, according to them.

Two parcel bombs exploded earlier this week on the premises of companies specializing in food in southwestern Germany. One of them targeted an administrative center of German distribution giant Lidl. These two explosions had injured four people in all, according to the prosecution.

A last parcel bomb had been discovered and defused in a mail distribution center at Munich airport. It was addressed to Hipp, a Bavarian baby food manufacturer, local police said on Friday, which already suspected a link between these various shipments.

These shipments, in addition to targeting companies related to the food sector, shared the common point of having been sent by fictitious senders, according to investigators. Post offices must report items without an identified sender or which they consider suspicious.

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