The train stopped for almost
one and a half hours in Karlsruhe main station.
Did the bomb threat at the Offenburg train station
have a political or religious background, or did an adolescent simply
act out? On day two, after the large-scale police operation in tranquil
Offenburg, the main suspect is now in custody.
On Wednesday, just a
few hours after the large-scale police operation, the 18-year-old was
brought before the magistrate at the Karlsruhe district court. According
to Manuel Graulich, spokesman for the responsible law enforcement
agency, he then issued the arrest warrant.
The 18-year-old is not a
blank slate. In a joint press release, the public prosecutor’s office
in Karlsruhe and the police headquarters in Offenburg refer to an
incident at the beginning of the year. On January 14, the suspect, who
was still young at the time, was noticed because the police found a
“deceptive-looking replica firearm” on him during a check.
even then, the young man probably just barely escaped prison. “Against
the accused, who at the time identified himself as a sympathizer with
the terrorist militia IS, the public prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe
obtained an arrest warrant in this context on account of the allegation
of faking a criminal offence, which, however, was suspended against
conditions,” the press release said.
This sheds at least some
light on the social background of the 18-year-old, whom the police
arrested on a regional train at around 8:50 p.m. after the bomb threat
via a social network.
And with that, one speculation seems to be
off the table: Does he perhaps belong to the spectrum of right-wing
radicals, Corona deniers or to the circle of the extremist group that –
as reported – planned the kidnapping of Federal Health Minister Karl
Lauterbach (SPD) as well as a coup? As Manuel Graulich explained to the
editorial staff, there is “no connection whatsoever” to these groups.
the 18-year-old was in a mental state of emergency is also the subject
of the investigation. It is the normal catalog of questions that the
investigating authorities are trying to clarify. As reported in detail,
the supposed bomb threat in the late evening of April 19 called for a
massive contingent of state and federal police, especially at the
Offenburg train station.
Ansgar Gernsbeck, spokesman for the
police headquarters in Offenburg, explained that the editors were even
called in to support the police from the Freiburg and Constance
headquarters. Specially trained dogs helped in the search for
explosives. However, no such substances were found.
wrote on Facebook that the train and station had been evacuated. His
comment: “Everything on site is like in the film.” The large-scale
police operation in Offenburg caused by the bomb threat had serious
effects, especially on long-distance rail traffic in the Rhine Valley.
The Lahr train station was also closed for two hours.
initial scenario, the police assumed that the attack could also have
been carried out there. After an intensive search of the station area,
however, the all-clear was given after about two hours.
As a result,
train traffic did not start moving for a long time. It was not until
around 0.30 a.m. that regular services were possible again. Those who
wanted to take the high-speed train ICE 377 from Berlin Ostbahnhof to
Basel SBB, for example, needed patience.