Update: Officials now say an act of terror has been ruled out, but a “criminal act” is possible. Apparently there’s a distinction there when it comes to car bombs.
Senior investigators say after a car bomb explosion in #Berlin an act of terroism can be ruled out, strong indications for criminal act
— Matthias Gebauer (@gebauerspon) March 15, 2016
A car exploded in Berlin on Tuesday, killing the driver.
According to some reports, the vehicle was in motion when the blast occurred.
- GERMAN POLICE SAY ON TWITTER THEY BELIEVE AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE CAUSED A CAR TO EXPLODE IN BERLIN
Here are the visuals from the scene:
Berlin car bomb looks very professional, pointed charge, only killed driver, no bystanders. Interesting signature. pic.twitter.com/lIiJpK2UX7
— Julian Reichelt (@jreichelt) March 15, 2016
Gemäß unserer Kolleg. vort Ort, ist der PKW während der Fahrt explodiert und hat sich dann überschlagen.
— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) March 15, 2016
BREAKING: German police: Car explosion that killed driver in Berlin likely caused by bomb
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 15, 2016
Terror attack? Or perhaps a false flag to put still more pressure on the Merkel government to end the open-door refugee policy?
One certainly imagines it wasn’t faulty engineering – the vehicle was, after all, German-made.
More from AP:
The deputy chief spokesman for Berlin police, Carsten Mueller, told The Associated Press that the explosion occurred at about 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) in the western district of Charlottenburg.
Mueller says that “investigators are working on the assumption that it was an explosive device” inside or on the vehicle that caused the blast.
He said investigators were still trying to determine the man’s identity and couldn’t immediately provide details about the vehicle.
A picture posted by Berlin police on Twitter showed the wreckage of a silver VW Passat station wagon on the street, its windows blown out and its front end smashed in.
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