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Deutsche Bank Mail Bomb Triggers Alert to N.Y. Banks, Firms

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The Deutsche Bank AG name sits outside a branch in Munich, Germany. Photographer: Guenter Schiffmann/Bloomberg

New York police increased patrols at Deutsche Bank AG locations in the city and alerted an umbrella group for financial institutions and companies after the bank received an explosive device at its offices in Germany.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said today in an interview that it advised Shield, a security program for private firms in New York, to be “extra careful” of similar suspicious packages received by mail.

The device was addressed and mailed to Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Officer Joseph Ackermann in Frankfurt, the police department said. The package was detected by X-ray technology inside the bank’s mailroom and didn’t detonate, police said.

“The FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force is working with German authorities to assess the incident in Frankfurt and any potential threat to facilities or people here,” said James Margolin, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York. The task force is an agency that includes New York police and FBI agents, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement groups. “There is no specific threat to New York associated with the incident at this time.”

An executive at one of the largest U.S. banks said authorities had asked Wall Street firms to put their mailrooms on alert for suspicious packages.

Banks receive death threats and warnings about letter bombs and toxins such as anthrax almost every week, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the firm doesn’t want to attract additional threats.

Deutsche Bank AG confirmed reports that it had received a “suspicious package” addressed to Ackermann.

“The relevant internal departments subsequently alerted the police, who have now taken over the investigation,” bank spokesman Armin Niedermeier said by telephone.

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