German police thwart bomb attack on railway signals near Berlin

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BERLIN: German police on Friday thwarted a bomb attack on railway signals near the capital of Berlin, local media reported on Saturday. The bombs are believed to have been placed by activists.

The Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) news agency said two explosive devices were found in cable ducts near the town of Oranienburg, a town in the northeastern Brandenburg state. It said the bombs appeared to aim to set signal cables on fire to halt train services.

According to the report, local police suspect radical leftists opposed to the railways transporting nuclear waste were behind the attempted attack. Police were tipped off by someone who saw someone tampering with the wiring.

In November 2010, similar bombs caused the disruption of train services in parts of Berlin. A radical anti-nuclear group claimed responsibility for the attack, which caused no injuries.

Several anti-nuclear groups are protesting against the 56-ton waste shipment expected on Wednesday from a former reprocessing plant at Karlsruhe in southern Germany to a storage site at Lubmin on the Baltic coast, DPA added.

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