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Gauck Letter Had No Explosives

Apr 19 2013 4:48PM

A letter addressed to German President Joachim Gauck and thought to be a bomb contained no explosives, a spokeswoman at the Interior Ministry said Friday after the letter was detonated in a controlled explosion.

Security officials discovered the suspicious letter Friday afternoon, and it was blown up in a park near Gauck's official residence, Bellevue Palace, in the centre of Berlin.

The president was not at home at the time, a palace spokesman said.

The identity of the letter's sender and the reason it was considered suspicious was not released Friday.

Two years ago, a packet containing a bomb was sent to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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