The two unexploded bombs on German trains on July 31 were part of a failed jihad attack, authorities now say — although of course they don’t say “jihad.” “German bombs ‘mass murder’ bid,” from the BBC, with thanks to John Doe:
German police have ruled out blackmail as the reason why two bombs were left on trains on 31 July – and now believe it was a failed terror attack.
The bombs were in identical black cases on trains in Dortmund and Koblenz.
They had been timed to explode 10 minutes before the trains arrived, said federal crime chief Joerg Ziercke.
“We are now working on the basis that this was the work of a terrorist group… and was an attempt to kill a large number of people,” he said.
Police want to trace two men seen on CCTV wheeling cases at Cologne station….
The devices consisted of gas canisters, alarm clocks, wires, batteries and a flammable liquid in soft drink bottles.
A handwritten note in Arabic, listing groceries, a telephone number in Lebanon and packets of starch labelled in Arabic and English, were also found.