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Attempted terrorist attack in 1992: who planted the Saarlouis time bomb?


More than 30 years ago, around 180 people in Saarland narrowly escaped a right-wing extremist attack. According to SPIEGEL information, the investigators had solid evidence at the time - but the case was never resolved.

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Murder victim Samuel Yeboah


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In the course of the investigation into the murder of Samuel Yeboah, who died in an arson attack on a refugee accommodation in Saarlouis in 1991, the Saarbrücken public prosecutor's office examined another right-wing extremist terrorist attack from the 1990s.

This emerges from the answer of the federal government to a question from the left-wing member of the Bundestag Martina Renner.

It is about an attempted bomb attack on a home for asylum seekers on Wallerfanger Straße in Saarlouis in September 1992. At that time, unknown perpetrators had deposited a time bomb in the basement of the so-called Oranna home, in which around 180 people - including children and seniors - lived.

The professionally built explosive device with a timer, TNT charge and a canister full of accelerant was hidden under a wooden staircase and would have set off a deadly barrage of fire in no time.

About 50 minutes before the set ignition time, the police received an anonymous call;

the bomb was discovered and could be defused.

An extremely rare metal, produced at a nearby steel mill, was used in its construction.

An apprentice was working there at the time of the crime, who was already known to the police for manufacturing similar explosive devices and who lived about a kilometer from the crime scene.

Regardless of this, a witness reported who claimed to have recognized the trainee's voice on a recording of the telephone bomb threat published by the police.

Despite the evidence, the suspect could not be convicted at the time.

The authors of a typed letter of confession, in which agitated against "bogus asylum seekers" was incited and which included part of the ignition device, also remained in the dark.

When asked about the result of the re-examination of the case, the Saarbrücken public prosecutor's office said that they currently see "no new investigative approaches".

Politician Renner, meanwhile, calls for a resumption of the proceedings, also with the help of modern investigative technology.

»This is about attempted murder and there are solid indications of possible perpetrators.

These must be investigated with all forensic means«.

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-01-06

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