Car Bomb Explosion Rips Car Apart in Berlin

Car Bomb Explosion Rips Car Apart in Berlin
Police are investigating after a car bomb exploded killing a driver in Berlin.

German police said a homicide investigation is under way after an explosion ripped a car apart as it was headed through the western district of Charlottenburg. The violent explosion killed the driver and possibly flipped the car up into the air, officials said.

Investigators believe the explosive device was “on or in the front of the Volkswagen Passat,” police said. After the explosion, the vehicle hit another car before coming to a stop.

Police urged people living nearby to go inside, close their windows and to stay away from their balconies, as a Berlin police bomb squad checked the Passat for more explosive devices.

The Volkswagen was completely destroyed and burned out, and witnesses reported that the explosion shook the ground.

“We can’t say anything more about the cause. We are at the beginning of our investigation,” said a spokesperson from Berlin police.

Investigators believe an explosive device on or in the car caused the explosion.
Investigators believe an explosive device on or in the car caused the explosion.

Police are concentrating their efforts on the possibility that “the explosion could be linked to organized crime,” said Kerstin Ziesmer, a police spokeswoman.

It remains unclear, however, whether the explosive device was set off on purpose or if it went off accidentally.