Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Terrorism hits the Rhine?

The German news service Deutsche Welle is reporting that there was a small bomb blast in Mühlheim, a neighborhood of Cologne on the right side of the river. The blast wounded seventeen people. The ministry of the interior for North Rhine-Westphalia is not yet willing to call this terrorism.
The background is totally open, we can't rule anything out,
we can't rule out a terrorist background at the moment.

This bombing is going to bite the state government. It is still reeling from the disappearance of Metin Kaplan, the Caliph of Cologne, which I discussed weeks ago. Even if the blast is not directly connected to Kaplin's supporters, it will cast more light on security in the state and in Germany.

[Update:]

Other possible explanations that have surfaced. A spokesman for the interior ministry has also suggested that
it could be a conflict between rival Turks.

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