Germany’s Deutsche Bank is on high alert after a letter bomb was sent to its chief. The envelope was intercepted before it reached Josef Ackerman and did not explode.
Police say an anarchist group claims it sent the device. Investigators say they received a letter in Italian from a self-styled anarchist cell indicating that three banks or bankers were targets for bombs.
Police have praised staff for their vigilance. A senior officer said: “If the employees had not been acting according to regulations, an explosion probably would have occurred. People could have been injured in their hands, face or upper body, and of course there could have been damage to property.”
The threat is being taken seriously and security has now been stepped up at the Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt and other offices elsewhere.