Explosion outside AfD office in eastern Germany
Police detained three people after a blast damaged the office of the far-right AfD party in the German city of Döbeln. Anti-terror investigators see the blast as an escalation following other acts of anti-AfD vandalism.
German authorities have detained three suspects following a blast which started a fire in the AfD’s local office in Döbeln, officials said on Friday.
The men, aged 29, 32, and 50, are suspected of detonating an “unknown substance” in the street on Thursday evening. The explosion damaged the door and windows of the AfD office and set fire to promotional materials inside, prompting firefighters to deploy to the scene. Nearby cars were reportedly also damaged. No injuries were reported.
On Friday, police said there was a series of attacks against AfD offices in the eastern state of Saxony in recent weeks, but added that most of them were limited to vandalism.
“The attack against the AfD office in Döbeln is extraordinary given that the explosion means accepting that people could be harmed,” the state’s criminal police said.