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Car explodes in busy Berlin street at rush hour

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By Catherine Hardy
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Car explodes in busy Berlin street at rush hour
  • Murder investigation launched
  • ‘No link to terrorism’ – police
  • Inquiry focusing on organised crime

Police in Berlin have reportedly launched a murder inquiry after an explosion destroyed a car travelling through the city centre.

Officials say the vehicle was being driven by a 43-year-old man of immigrant background who died at the scene.

The blast is being linked to organised crime.

Investigators say there is no evidence of any connection to terrorism.

The Volkswagen Passat was on Bismarckstrasse in Berlin’s western district of Charlottenburg during the rush hour when the explosion happened.

Eyewitnesses say the force of the blast flipped the vehicle onto its roof.

Detectives do not know if the dead man was the intended target.

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