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German Prosecutor Takes Over Bomb Case on Terror Suspicion

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Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- A bomb planted at the Bonn train station that failed to explode may have been the work of an Islamist terror group, Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.

The prosecutor’s office today took over the case from local police and authorized the Federal Criminal Police Office to lead the investigation, according to an e-mailed statement.

“There are sufficient leads suggesting that the incident was an attempted bombing attack of a terrorist group of radical-Islamists,” the Federal Prosecutor said.

Bonn’s main train station was temporarily shut on Dec. 10 after a man left an explosive device that police defused with a water jet. The device was made of a 40-centimeter (16-inch) metal pipe filled with ammonium nitrate, with four pressurized gas cartridges, an alarm clock and batteries intended to set it off, the prosecutor’s office said. It wasn’t clear why the device didn’t explode, according to the statement.

“We are taking this issue very seriously,” Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement today. “It underlines our assessment that Germany is the target of jihadist terrorism.”

A manhunt is underway for two people suspected of planting the bomb, one fair-skinned and one dark-skinned, Cologne Police Chief Wolfgang Albers said Dec. 12.

To contact the reporters on this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.net; Joseph de Weck in Berlin at jdeweck@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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