Deutsche Bank CEO Letter Bomb
December 9, 2011 by staff
Deutsche Bank CEO Letter Bomb, A LETTER bomb sent to Deutsche Bank chief Josef Ackermann was “operational” and could have exploded, German state police said after the envelope was intercepted.
“Preliminary investigations show it is an operational letter bomb,” police in Hesse, the western state where Deutsche Bank’s Frankfurt headquarters is located, said overnight following the discovery of the parcel yesterday.
The envelope addressed to Swiss-born Mr Ackermann, CEO of Germany’s biggest bank, arrived at Deutsche Bank’s mail room and was X-rayed after it raised suspicion among staff.
“Local police, working together with specialists from the Hesse state crime office, defused the explosive,” the police said, adding that the investigation was continuing.
The police said the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office was working together with the Hesse state crime office (LKA) on the probe.
An LKA spokesman called the letter bomb a “dangerous explosive” and said the authorities were in the dark as to who sent it and why.
“We cannot say anything at this point about the sender or any suspects,” the spokesman told rolling news channel N24. “There has been no claim of responsibility or information on a motive.”
A Deutsche Bank spokesman said he could not confirm media reports that the bank had stepped up security as a result of the incident.
“We cannot comment, for security reasons,” he said.
The case came amid mounting anger in Europe over the role of banks in the eurozone debt crisis and its impact on the economy at large.
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