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Car explodes in busy Berlin street at rush hour

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By Catherine Hardy
Car explodes in busy Berlin street at rush hour

<ul> <li>Murder investigation launched</li> <li>‘No link to terrorism’ – police</li> <li>Inquiry focusing on organised crime <p></li> </ul> <p>Police in Berlin have reportedly launched a murder inquiry after an explosion destroyed a car travelling through the city centre.</p> <p>Officials say the vehicle was being driven by a 43-year-old man of immigrant background who died at the scene.</p> <p>The blast is being linked to organised crime. </p> <p>Investigators say there is no evidence of any connection to terrorism.</p> <p>The Volkswagen Passat was on Bismarckstrasse in Berlin’s western district of Charlottenburg during the rush hour when the explosion happened.</p> <p>Eyewitnesses say the force of the blast flipped the vehicle onto its roof.</p> <p>Detectives do not know if the dead man was the intended target.</p> </p> <h3><strong>In tweets</strong></h3> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Berlin police suspect explosive device caused car to explode, driver dead: <a href="https://t.co/cmS3aA9ZGL">https://t.co/cmS3aA9ZGL</a> <a href="https://t.co/DlTDESJ0Pi">pic.twitter.com/DlTDESJ0Pi</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/709719581217169408">March 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="de"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Bei der Tatortarbeit in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Charlottenburg?src=hash">#Charlottenburg</a> ist auch unser Multicopter im Einsatz. ^yt <a href="https://t.co/UCr9mQwfak">pic.twitter.com/UCr9mQwfak</a></p>— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) <a href="https://twitter.com/polizeiberlin/status/709702375133618176">15. März 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Berlin car bomb looks very professional, pointed charge, only killed driver, no bystanders. Interesting signature. <a href="https://t.co/lIiJpK2UX7">pic.twitter.com/lIiJpK2UX7</a></p>— Julian Reichelt (@jreichelt) <a href="https://twitter.com/jreichelt/status/709678573607583746">March 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> Pictures of the car destroyed by an explosive device in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Berlin?src=hash">#Berlin</a>. (<span class="caps">REUTERS</span>/Reuters Tv) <a href="https://t.co/fMZ7ME8Q1p">pic.twitter.com/fMZ7ME8Q1p</a></p>— euronews (@euronews) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews/status/709689896219320320">March 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>