Three injured by letter bomb explosion at Lidl’s German HQ

Lidl recenty opened its 200th store in Ireland and Northern Iireland

66-year-old man has been arrested

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23 February 2021 | 0

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Three people were injured, one seriously, when a letter bomb exploded at supermarket chain Lidl’s headquarters in southern Germany last week.

Around 100 employees were evacuated from Lidl’s headquarters in Neckarsulm, an hour north of Stuttgart, following the explosion.

Neckarsulm mayor Steffen Hertwig urged local residents and local post office staff, to be particularly vigilant about packages in the coming days.

“Above all packages with no sender or are conspicuous in any way, please be particularly careful,” the mayor said.

Lidl said in a statement: “We are deeply shocked by the event and wish our employees a good and speedy recovery.”

A 66-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with a series of parcel bombs sent to German food firms, authorities announced on Saturday.

DW reports the man, from the city of Ulm in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg, was detained a day earlier, according to the public prosecutor’s office in Heidelberg.

Two other firms as well as Lidl were sent parcel bombs, including the ADM Wild factory in Eppelheim, and the baby food manufacturer Hipp, based in the southern state of Bavaria.  Fortunately, the latter was intercepted and defused.

“We assume there is a connection,” Heidelberg state prosecutors said in a statement. Further incidents were “not likely” but “could not be ruled out entirely”, they added.

Germany’s food federation has warned members to remain vigilant when receiving post.

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