“Hang on a second, I’m gonna grab a soda –”
Police in Bonn have destroyed evidence found in an Islamist’s apartment that could have linked the suspect to an attempted bombing at the city’s central train station, in what appears to be a major misstep in their investigation.
On March 13, authorities raided the Bonn apartment of Marco G., 25, on suspicion of planning to assassinate the leader of the anti-Islam right-wing extremist group Pro-NRW. On the same day, police also arrested three other suspects in the case identified as Tayfun S., 23; Enea B., 43; and Koray D, 24. All four are adherents to Salafism, an ultra-conservative branch of Islam.
The raid of G.’s apartment uncovered a Ceska pistol and 616 grams of ammonium nitrate. However, police managed to overlook something.
While in custody, Marco G. asked a social worker to tell his wife not to go near the fridge because there was risk of an explosion. Police returned to the apartment two days later with a bomb disposal unit and discovered more explosive material in the fridge.
The police promptly took the explosives to a nearby open space, placed it in a hole in the ground and conducted a controlled explosion — without first taking samples of the material for testing. A team of specialists and bomb analysts are now trying to determine the chemical make-up of the material with the ashes left over from the explosion….