Police say there is no indication of terrorism behind an explosion that blew up a car in Berlin on Tuesday, as German media report a link to organized criminality.
The blast occurred during peak-hour traffic on Bismarckstrasse, within sight of the Victory Column monument, leaving the front of the car severely dented after collided with another car, while debris was strewn a few metres away.
Eyewitnesses told Tagesspiegel that the driver initially managed to escape from the car but then collapsed due to his severe injuries. Attempts on the part of emergency services to resuscitate him proved futile. At 8.40 am he was announced dead. No one else was injured in the incident.
Investigators are looking into a connection to organized criminality, rather than terrorism or espionage, both Bild and Spiegel report. Police also say there is “no indication of a terrorist motive for the incident.”
Spiegel report he is from Berlin and had a previous criminal record in connection with drug dealing.
This has not been confirmed by police who say a homicide team are currently investigating the motive of the attack.