ECB head sent letter bomb

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into a "foreign terrorist organisation" after a booby-trapped package was sent to the president of the European Central Bank.

    The letter mailed to Trichet was flammable

    The inquiry accuses unidentified members of the group, which was not named, of attempted murder.

    Prosecutors on Tuesday said the letter, mailed to ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet, contained an inflammable substance, probably weedkiller.
     
    The explosive device was in working order, said a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office, which has taken charge of the investigation.
     
    Wires were discovered poking out of the letter, which had been mailed from Italy, when it was opened on Monday at the ECB's headquarters in Frankfurt.

    Police said it was sent from Bologna, northern Italy, where the head of the European Union's executive arm, Romano Prodi, received a booby-trapped parcel at the weekend.

    The package sent to Prodi caught fire, but he escaped unharmed.

    A German police spokesman said they were investigating a possible link with the attack on Prodi, which the Italian interior ministry reportedly blamed on anti-European Union anarchists.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Pick your team and answer as many correct questions in three minutes.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.